21st Annual Hibulb Powwow May 11 at EvCC

Source: Everett Community College Press


EVERETT, Wash. – “Keeping Our Traditions Alive” is the theme of the 21st annual Hibulb Powwow May 11 at the Everett Community College Fitness Center, 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 1st Nations Club advisor.

The Hibulb (pronounced hee bulb) Powwow features traditional Native American dancing, drumming, singing, arts and crafts. Grand entries are at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. The Powwow is free and open to the public.

The event will honor the foster care program “Our Shared Children and their Caretakers,” Native American children who are in the foster program and cared for by non-Native families.

“It’s our hope and the hope of the state Department of Social and Health Services employee Lisa Powers  that we keep our shared children in touch with their tribal affiliations and encourage them to participate in cultural activities,” Three Stars said.

This year’s head dancers are Reuben Twin Jr. and EvCC student Christine Warner. The master of ceremonies will be Arnold Little Head. Tony Bluehorse will serve as the arena director. The host drums are Young Society and Eagle Warrior.

The Hibulb Powwow was founded in 1990 to honor Native ancestors who once lived near the mouth of the Snohomish River. Hibulb was of the stronghold of the Snohomish peoples that thrived in the site just below Legion Park in Everett. Hibulb had an estimated population of 1,200 and 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, contact Paula Three Stars at 425-388-9281 or Matt Remle at 360-657-0940.