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May 14, 2013 > Spring Community Pow-Wow

Spring Community Pow-Wow

By Gustavo Lomas

Each and every person on this planet has a history, a back-story, but the percentage of people who actually know and relate to their history is small in comparison. It does not matter where people are from, the point is to recognize and understand that everyone is a piece of something that came before them. To see this truth in ourselves and in others is to see and know how to respect the wisdom granted by heritage. This year at the "Spring Community Pow-Wow" people will be able to do just that.

The Fremont Unified School District, presented by the Native American Studies Program, started the event in order to help Native American students understand their history. Liza Muzaffery, the program's manager, said, "The program started in order to help with cultural development for Native American students and members of the community. Much of it is based on after school tutoring programs that grew into more." Each district has their own similar program but thanks to a federal grant from the district and the support from the community and other districts, FUSD's Native American Studies Program that was started in 1976 has been growing in both appearance and influence. "The cultural development aspect of it is for the public and that usually includes a trip to a museum that gives in much better a scope the history of the people. It offers a connection," Muzaffery said.

"On occasion we are able to take field trips and like to make it so that students of all ages can attend and both learn and have a good time. This year's event will feature many aspects at the Calaveras Fremont Adult School and is open to all ages. Two examples of the crafts we will have there are leather band fashioning and a dream catcher station," said Muzaffery. There will also be traditional music featuring Native American drums, a few different types of dances and food. Perhaps one of the best things that can get the kids involved will be the story telling, not to mention the food and beverages to help participants keep on going in between stations. The organizers stress that this is a non-alcoholic and drug free event and there will be no pets allowed but admission is free and all ages are welcomed.

It all takes place on Saturday, May 18 and will be open from noon until 6 p.m. There will be vendors, food, music, arts and crafts and even a few raffles items. The day will feature the talents and involvement of Southern Drum: Drum & Feather, Keeper of the Flags: David Romero of the White Mtn. Apache, Head Teen Girl: Candy Pereida of the San Carlos, and Apache and the Head Gourd Dancer: Charlie (Chuck) Brown of the Southern Cheyenne.

For more information contact Carmen Saldivar at (510) 713-1092 or e-mail

Spring Community Pow-Wow
Saturday, May 18
Noon to 6 p.m.
Fremont Adult School
4700 Calaveras Ave., Fremont
(510) 713-1092

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