Thousands of visitors attended the 37th annual Stanford Powwow this weekend in the Eucalyptus Grove on Stanford campus. The American Indian event featured nearly non-stop dance contests and public dancing, as well as booths selling American Indian food and crafts such as pottery, jewelry, beading and sculpture, according to Katie Jones, publicity chair.
Jones, a Stanford senior and member of the Cherokee nation, said the vibrant celebration teaches visitors that American Indian culture is a living tradition.
"Native Americans are not relics of the past who don't really exist," according to Jones, who performed traditional songs with the Stanford Cherokee Student Group Sunday.
The powwow was sponsored by the Stanford American Indian Organization. It's the largest student-run powwow in the nation, Jones said.