Staff Report

Native American dancing, singing and drumming will be on display at the 24th annual Chumash Inter-Tribal Pow-Wow on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5 – 6, at Live Oak Campground near Lake Cachuma.

The celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

A gourd dance at noon, followed by a grand entry at 1 p.m., will mark the start of each day of the pow-wow. This is the largest cultural event of the year held by the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians.

The Chumash Inter-Tribal Pow-Wow draws members of tribal nations from across the United States to participate in dancing and drumming competitions. Dancing categories include traditional, straight, fancy and grass dancing.

The event also features Native American food and crafts booths.

The pow-wow is an annual effort of a committee of Chumash tribal volunteers who plan, organize and operate the two-day festivities.

The goal is to provide the community with educational and cultural experiences focusing on Native American music, arts and customs while promoting native self-reliance and pride.

It will be a zero-waste and a non-Styrofoam event, in keeping with the tribe’s commitment to be environmental stewards. Guests are encouraged to bring reusable water bottles, support the event’s green vendors, and dispose of trash in the proper receptacle bins.

Live Oak Campground is at 4650 highway 154 in Santa Ynez. Admission is free. Parking costs $5. Camping fee is $35.

For more information, call 688-7997 or visit