Soboba hosts ‘People of the West’ Inter-Tribal Pow Wow

Pow wow dancers from across the nation gather at the Soboba Indian Reservation for the Soboba Inter-Tribal Pow Wow. Shane Gibson photo
The Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians hosted its 23rd annual Payomkawichum “People of the West” Inter-Tribal Pow Wow, Saturday, Sept. 21. Although it used to be held at the reservation near San Jacinto, it was relocated this year to The Oaks football stadium and condensed from three days into one. Dancers, drummers and singers from throughout California, several other western states and Canada seemed to enjoy the more intimate setting and spent time visiting with each other. Tom Phillips of Manteca served as the master of ceremonies and opened the event that included 30 categories of dance contests that ranged from Juniors from age 7-12 through Golden at 55-plus. Having hosted p
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