Stanford Powwow

The 31st Annual Stanford Powwow was held this past Mother’s Day Weekend, May 10-12, 2002, at Stanford University’s Eucalyptus Grove on the corner of Galvez and Campus Drive. The Stanford Powwow was sponsored by the Stanford American Indian Organization.

In my nine years in the Bay Area, I’ve never been to the annual Powwow, although I certainly knew about it during my days as a student. I realize that I didn’t go to a lot of Stanford events, including Gaieties, Faces of Stanford, Full Moon on the Quad, etc. Silly of me not to experience all that the University had to offer, eh?

I was a little suprised to see how small the actual area was at the Powwow. I half-expected there to be multiple events going on instead of everything happening in one large circular area. Sure, there were vendors and food stands, but they don’t exactly count. According to my friends who have been to multiple Powwows, it’s been like this for a long time. No expectations, no regrets.

Some days you have the photographic touch and other days you don’t. It doesn’t stop you from trying to take pictures, but in the end, the box of photos you come back with is somewhat less satisfying. Sigh.

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