Colorful sights and sounds at the 30th edition Morongo Thunder & Lightning Pow-wow, celebrating Native American tribal culture, continued in the Indian Reservation of the Morongo Band on Saturday, September 25.
The free weekend event kicked off on Friday on an open lot that served as the tribe’s powwow field at first, a press release said. The powwow was canceled last year due to security concerns related to the coronavirus.
Participants took part in traditional Native American parades, dance and music on Saturday. Competitive dancers and drum groups, dressed in handcrafted native clothing, performed ancient tribal songs and dances. People joined in the drumming, bird song and dance competitions and peon games. Others bought handicrafts at the Morongo Indian Market, where indigenous food vendors also sold specialties such as Indian tacos and fried bread.
“Each year, Morongo looks forward to the opportunity to reaffirm and honor the old ways while sharing our culture and traditions with the community,” Morongo Tribe President Charles Martin said in the statement. “The Pow Wow is a celebration of life that gives tribal members and families a chance to laugh, dance and learn about our magnificent heritage, while preserving our traditions for future generations. “
The free cultural event continues on Sunday. For more information: https://www.morongopowwow.com/