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UCSD Powwow Celebrates Native American Culture [Gallery]

UC San Diego hosted its Third Annual Powwow Celebration over the weekend, bringing the community together in honor of Native American culture.

The La Jolla community got a first-hand taste of Native American culture at UC San Diego's Third Annual Powwow Celebration this weekend.The celebration kicked off on Saturday at noon on Warren Field, with a Grand Entry incorporating flag bearers, head dancers, Powwow dancers and other performers.

In honor and celebration of the contributions of Native American women to culture and family, this year's theme was "Empowering Our Native Women." Native American Student Alliance Co-Chairs Kim Dixon and Shunya Wade said this is the first year the organization was compromised of completely women and wanted to build on the idea.

"We have a higher turnout every year and I hope the community continues to support us," Wade said.

In spirit of the theme, a Miss UC San Diego Powwow competition was open to all Native American women, ages 17 to 26. Yateeh Shi Dineh was chosen as this year's winner. The event also featured Native American arts and crafts, food, dancing and singing.

The Powwow signified the end of a year-long recognition of California Native American (CANA) Day, an official state holiday on the fourth Friday of September. UCSD hosted a variety of themed festivities since last September, including traditional storytelling, a Native American film festival screening, and essay competitions.

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