SJC Contest Pow-Wow April 12-13

Join the festivities when the San Juan College Native American Center hosts the sixth annual San Juan College Contest Pow-Wow, Friday, April 12, and Saturday, April 13, at the McGee Park Memorial Coliseum on the San Juan County Fairgrounds.

April 12, doors open at 3 p.m., events begin with a gourd dance at 5 p.m., and the grand entry at 7 p.m.

April 13, doors open at 9 a.m., the gourd dance begins at 10 a.m., followed by grand entries at noon. A final gourd dance session will begin at 5 p.m., and the grand entry begins at 7 p.m.

The head gourd dancer at this year’s event is Vernon Willie from Kirtland, N.M. The Northern Wind Singers, Lake of the Woods, Ontario, Canada, will serve as the northern host drum, and Southern Style of Red Mesa, Utah, will serve as the southern host drum.

The master of ceremonies is Otis Halfmoon from Santa Fe, N.M., and the arena director is Spike Draper from Kirtland, N.M.

The Pow Wow will include a variety of arts, crafts and food. General admission to the Pow Wow is $6; five years and under, as well as those who are 60 years of age and over are free.  No weekend passes.  Singers and dancers pay daily admission fee of $6.

Arts and crafts spaces are available until filled.  To reserve space, call 505-566-3321 or go to or

The San Juan College Contest Pow-Wow is an alcohol and drug-free event.

For further information, call the San Juan College Native American Program at 566-3321 or 566-3357.