The Children of Many Colors Intertribal Powwow is Redbird's signature event.
Powwows are cultural celebrations. In urban areas, people from many tribes come
together, including native people from Alaska, Hawaii, the First Nations People of
Canada, and Central and South America. The powwow mingles ceremony and social
gathering, meeting place and market place. Most importantly, powwows offer young
people an opportunity to learn not only songs and dances but cultural values. Native
languages are spoken. Elders share their wisdom with younger generations. Respect,
honoring our elders and generosity are among the values we learn through these
The Children of Many Colors Powwow is held the third weekend in July at Moorpark
College in Ventura County, California. Our goal is two-fold; to provide a comfortable and
pleasant environment for native people to come together, and to provide a friendly
atmosphere for visitors. There is singing, dancing, honoring ceremonies, arts, crafts and
food booths, other non profit associations, tipis, story tellers, flint knapping, traditional
craft demonstrations, and many opportunities throughout the weekend for people to
experience our circle. The 2016 Children of Many Colors Powwow will take place July
15-17, 2016 at Moorpark College.
On Friday evening we host an Open Flute Circle. All flute players are welcome,
regardless of tribal affiliation or the lack of it. On Saturday the first of three Gourd Dance
sessions begins at 11 AM, followed by Grand Entry when all the dancers enter the
arena together and the powwow begins. Dancing continues until 10 PM Saturday
evening and resumes on Sunday morning with a Veteran's Honoring at 11 AM during
the final Gourd Dance session.
This is an intertribal powwow with no contest dancing, except for the 2016/2017
Powwow Princess Contest, which will take place on Saturday.
Everyone is welcome to attend the powwow. This is an outdoor, family-friendly event. A
$2.00 per vehicle donation is suggested. Shade canopies and chairs are welcome. ADA
facilities are provided. Service animals are welcome; please be sure to provide shade
for pets, children, elders; there are no trees on the athletic field where the powwow is
held. Learn more about the powwow, other powwows in southern California, and
Redbird's day to day activities by joining us on Facebook:
You can download a copy of the flyer [PDF]
Another color version of flyer with QR code to reach the website [JPEG]
Click here for vendor application [PDF]
And for the young at heart, Powwow Time: When American Indian People Celebrate [PDF],
a coloring book about powwows by Corina Roberts.