American Indian art and culture will be celebrated April 10 during the 19th pow wow at California State University, Fresno’s O’Neill Park (Barstow and Woodrow avenues).

The pow wow also is a traditional social gathering and a religious event, with dance and drumming, including performances by Aztec dancers, said Dr. Kenneth Hansen, the First Nations student organization adviser and co-coordinator of American Indian Studies at Fresno State.

In addition to arts and crafts, Indian tacos will be available for sale and information booths will be set up.

Admission to the pow wow is free and the community is invited to the event, which is presented by First Nations and co-sponsored by the Africana and American Indian Studies Program, the College of Social Sciences and Associated Students Inc.

The gourd dance will begin the event at 11 a.m., followed by the grand entry at noon. The closing ceremony is at 10 p.m.

Parking will be available in Lots P and Y on Barstow between Chestnut and Maple avenues.

For more information, contact Hansen at 559.278.2260 or

(Copy by Amanda Fine, University Communications news intern.)