SOU Native American Powwow brings together tribes, from California to Washington

Native American tribes, from California to Washington, gathered at Southern Oregon University for this year's Powwow. (Jennevieve Fong / News 10)

Hosted by Southern Oregon University's Native American Student union, hundreds of people gathered to celebrate the tribal culture at the 27th Annual Spring Powwow in Ashland.

Various tribes participated in the grand entry ceremony to kick off the event around noon on Sunday.

Coming from California to Washington, grass dancer Aaron Gentry said southern Oregon area is often a central meeting point for indigenous tribes along the west coast.

"Here in southern Oregon, cultural is very significant," Gentry said. "For the tribes, it's a gathering place so we come and meet and say hi to our Powwow family, hope that we see them down the road again to the next one."

The weekend event featured displays and demonstrations, including drumming, dancing and cultural sharings from the tribes.

"Especially with the little ones here, it's very important for us to keep it going," Gentry said. "They've raised up in this culture and we hope they continue on with it to their families."

After being held at Phoenix High School in the past few years, the Powwow returned back to the SOU campus this year.

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