Dancers and drummers from as far away as Arizona and Oklahoma were invited to the PowWow, an American Indian gathering at the Pechanga Casino in Temecula, on Saturday, January 7, 2023. According to organizers, this was the first PowWow in the area in almost 8 years for many reasons such as construction on a new Casino and Hotel, and the lock-downs in 2020. A PowWow is a gathering of American Indians for the purpose of dancing, singing, drumming and learning about their culture. It can be large or small, indoor or outdoor, public or private events. Like other PowWows, the Pechanga PowWow had a number of vendors selling everything from Jewelry to t-shirts and other native objects. Another feature is the food. The Indian Tacos were definitely a highlight, with large lines waiting to purchase one. Many of the dancers and drummers were competing for large cash prizes up to $14,000!