EvCC hosts 22nd annual Hibulb Powwow May 10

EVERETT — Everett Community College is hosting the 22nd annual Hibulb Powwow on Saturday, May 10, at EvCC's Student Fitness Center, located at 2206 Tower St. in Everett.

"The powwow honors cultural survival, and the perseverance needed to celebrate and maintain Native identity into the 21st century," said Paula Three Stars, EvCC's First Nations Club advisor.

The Hibulb Powwow features traditional Native American dancing, drumming, singing, arts and crafts. Grand entries are set for 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. The powwow is free and open to the public.

This year's theme is "Keeping the Traditions Alive," and this year's head dancers are Darryl Swift and Laura Bluehorse-Swift. The master of ceremonies and arena director is Anthony Bluehorse. The host drum is Young Society.

The event will also feature a kids' corner for crafts, a tiny tots dance, a raffle, and vendors offering Native American arts, crafts and concessions.

"The powwow is a great way to get the younger generation involved in traditional dance and songs," said Kyle Walkley, EvCC's First Nations Club president.

The Hibulb Powwow was created to honor Native ancestors who once lived near the mouth of the Snohomish River. Hibulb was the stronghold of the Snohomish peoples who thrived in the site, just below Legion Park in Everett. With an estimated population of 1,200, it was once the largest trading center in the Pacific Northwest.

Descendants of the people of Hibulb live today in the neighboring community of Tulalip, as well as other nearby tribal reservations, representing many different tribal bands.

For more information, call Paula Three Stars at 425-388-9281.

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