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Autry National Center's Pow Wow celebration is off

A 'huge decline in sponsorships and donations' cancels the Native American event.

July 21, 2009|David Ng

This year's Pow Wow celebration at the Autry National Center -- an annual event celebrating Native American arts and culture -- has been canceled as a result of diminished financial resources, according to its organizer, the Southern California Indian Center.

For 40 years, the Pow Wow has brought Native American heritage to the public with musical performances, dancing, arts exhibitions and family activities. It is the largest Native American cultural event of its kind in Southern California.

Paula Starr, the executive director of SCIC, said there was a "huge decline in sponsorships and donations" this year. The Pow Wow usually draws 100 arts and crafts vendors, she said, but this year only 25 signed up. Vendors are the Pow Wow's largest source of income, with each vendor paying $600 to participate in the event.

Starr said the L.A. Department of Cultural Affairs denied a request for support, and one of its sponsors had pulled out. The SCIC is a nonprofit, community-based organization that does not receive annual casino revenue.

The Pow Wow was set for July 31 to Aug. 2. The center said it will organize a scaled-down Pow Wow at Garden Grove High School on Aug. 1.

The SCIC said it hopes to resume its annual Pow Wow at the Autry next summer.

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david.ng@latimes.com

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