Celebration of Native American culture coming to Sylvania campus

by: COURTESY PHOTO - Dancers from the grand entry at last years Portland Community College-sponsored powwow entertain attendees.Portland Community College’s annual celebration of Native American culture and tradition is returning to the Sylvania Campus in Portland in January. More than 1,000 attendees are expected for the 15th annual Wacipi (“They Dance”) Winter Powwow slated for noon to 9 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 18, in the Health Technology Building, Sylvania campus (12000 S.W. 49th Ave.).

The event will feature drum groups and dancers from across the region, Native American crafts and food, activities for children and raffle prizes. This event is free and open to the public. Parking is also free.

The grand entries (dancing and drumming) are at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. and the free community dinner gets under way at 5:30 p.m. In addition, a college fair will be open from noon to 4 p.m. Master of Ceremonies Bob Tom (Confederated Tribes of Siletz and Grand Ronde) and Whip Man Ed Goodell (Confederated Tribes of Siletz) will run the proceedings. The color guard will be comprised of members of 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.

This activity is sponsored by the college’s Sylvania campus president, powwow planning committee, Sylvania Multicultural Center, Sylvania Women’s Resource Center and the Native American Rehabilitation Association. For more details, visit

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