Native American Heritage Festival featuring the Veterans Day Traditional Pow Wow

Grand Entry for the Annual Veterans Day Weekend Traditional Pow Wow
Colorful Native regalia will be among the sights and sounds to be experienced at the Native American Heritage Festival featuring the 17th Annual Veterans Day Weekend Traditional Pow Wow, Nov. 11, 2017 at ASU's West campus
Bobby Wilson - comedian with 1491s sketch comedy group
Comedian Bobby Wilson is hosting a free film screening of the documentary, This May be the Last Time, a film directed by fellow 1491s sketch comedy group member Sterlin Harjo

November is Native American Heritage Month. At ASU's West campus, we celebrate the culture and contributions of indigenous peoples and strive to share Native American customs and cultural experiences with our community.

The signature event of our celebration is the Native American Heritage Festival on Nov. 11, featuring the 17th Annual Veterans Day Weekend Traditional Pow Wow, a Native American Recognition Days event.

The centerpiece of the event – the Pow Wow – is a traditional gathering of dancers, drummers, elders and children. The arena director will direct the activities in the dance arena and the announcer will explain the symbolism, protocol and spiritual meanings of the dances, regalia and drums to the spectators.

In addition to the Pow Wow's dancing and drumming/singing performances, you won’t want to miss the many other activities at the Native American Heritage Festival, including:

  • Native arts and crafts, hands-on activities
  • Kids' Corner hosted by ASU student club Teachers of the Future
  • Apache Skateboard professional demonstration
  • Live music with Ethan 103 and the Yahdilahs
  • Native American Art Exhibit
  • Food trucks 

2017 Activities

This May be the Last Time, free film screening
Hosted by 1491s comedian
Bobby Wilson
sponsored by 
Desert Diamond West Valley Casino
Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
University Center Building, La Sala
Arizona State University's West campus
4701 W. Thunderbird Rd, Glendale, AZ 85306
FREE admission, parking is $3/hour

This May be the Last Time is an American documentary film produced and directed by Native American Sterlin Harjo, who investigates his family history about songs all woven together by a mystery. The film's world premier was at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

The film is hosted by Bobby Wilson, a member of the 1491s sketch comedy group. He will perform after the film.
Free admission, open to the public. Parking is $3/hour.

 

The Native American Heritage Festival featuring the
17th Annual Veterans Day Weekend Traditional Pow Wow

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Arizona State University's West campus
4701 W. Thunderbird Rd, Glendale, AZ 85306
FREE Admission and FREE Parking

• 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Native American Heritage Festival begins
• 1:00 p.m. – Pow Wow Grand Entry, Fletcher Lawn
• 1:00-5:00 p.m. – Native American Art Exhibit in ArtSpace West
• 1:30 p.m. – Pow Wow continues
• 5:00-6:00 p.m. – Pow Wow dinner break
• 5:00-7:00 p.m. – Apache Skateboard professional demo sponsored by Heard Museum with live music by Arizona Native punk rock band Ethan 103 and the Yahdilahs band, Center Courtyard
• 6:00-7:00 p.m. – Gourd Dancing
• 7:00-7:30 p.m. – Veterans' Recognition and Grand Entry
• 10:00 p.m. – Closing

Native arts and crafts will be for sale. Food truck - Yellowman Fry Bread. The ASU Teachers of the Future student club is hosting the Kids' Corner activities.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs. (Limited seating will be provided for tribal elders.)

Volunteers are needed to help stage the event; to sign up to volunteer, visit http://links.asu.edu/powwowvolunteersignup.

The Pow Wow is sponsored by the Native American Events Committee and the Arizona State University’s Office of Government and Community Engagement. Special thanks to the other organizations supporting the event, which include the Office of the Governor's Policy Advisor on Tribal Relations, Desert Diamond West Valley Casino, Heard Museum, ASU American Indian Student Support Services, ASU Office of Student Engagement - West campus, and the ASU Office of Student and Cultural Engagement - Tempe campus and the Teachers of the Future ASU student club. 

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact us for information: call 602-543-5300 or e-mail westevents@asu.edu.


This webpage will be updated each year before the event.