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The Three Rivers Indian Lodge features Native American dancers of all ages.

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The Three Rivers Indian Lodge features Native American dancers of all ages.

The Three Rivers Indian Lodge features Native American dancers of all ages.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin


POSTED July 1, 2011 2:17 p.m.

The 33rd annual Three Rivers Indian Lodge Powwow takes place today though Sunday at Three Rivers Indian Lodge, 13505 Union Road, about a half mile north of Del Webb at Woodbridge.

It is described by organizers as "A Celebration Honoring Our Elders, A Celebration of Honoring our Traditions, A Celebration Honoring our Ancestors, A Celebration of our way of life upon Mother Earth."

Hours are 6 to 11:30 p.m. today, 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

The free admission event features dancing, arts and crafts, exhibitions, and Native American food.

The grand entry tonight is at 7 p.m. while the grand entry is at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday,

This year's princess is Frances Rocha.

The event attracts up to a thousand people every year, many of them coming from as far as Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, Utah, Wyoming, South Dakota, Montana, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Three Rivers Indian Lodge is under the umbrella of the Native Directions, Inc. of San Joaquin County. Founded in 1974, the facility provides alcoholism-treatment services for individuals of Native American heritage. It offers the services "for the individual needing a point of new beginnings," according to the program's mission.

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