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Portland Community College's Wacipi Powwow set for Jan. 17

Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTOS  - PCCs Wacipi Powwow will feature dozens of drumming groups and dancers.

Portland Community College’s annual celebration of Native American culture and tradition will be held from noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17.

More than 1,000 attendees are expected for the 16th annual Wacipi (They Dance) Traditional Powwow, which will be held in the Health Technology Building on the Sylvania campus, 12000 S.W. 49th Ave. in Portland. The powwow will feature dozens of drum groups and dancers from across the region, Native American crafts and food, activities for children and raffle prizes. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is also free.

The grand entries (dancing and drumming) are scheduled for 1p.m. and 7 p.m. A free community dinner gets underway at 5:30 p.m. In addition, a college fair is set for noon-4 p.m.

Master of Ceremonies Bob Tom, a member of the Confederate Tribes of Siletz and Grand Ronde, and Whip Man Ed Goodell of the Confederate Tribes of Siletz will lead the festivities. The event’s color guard will be the Northwest Indian Veterans Association.

Proceeds from the powwow support the Native American Student Scholarship, which aims to increase access and retention of Native American students at PCC. The event is sponsored by PCC and the Native American Rehabilitation Association.

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