Youth dancer – Jingle Dress dancer, Nekwakwas, Squamish Nation PowWow, July 2018
Softly she enters
The prayers of her music
Youth dancer – Fancy Dancer, Skweltapis Megmagalus Ned Squamish Nation PowWow, July 2018
A bold soul dances
The grandfathers smile
Traditional Dancer, Denise Ann John, & fave Nova Scotia sis, August 2018
Calling to the grandmothers
Traditional Dancer, Bert One-Breath Milberg, & fave big bro, Nova Scotia, August 2018
A Warrior’s heart
Gifted reverent power
A shelter of strengths
For non-Indigenous friends, a little info note about powwows… A powwow is a social event where we sing and dance in honour of our ancestors; to pray to, for & with them and Creator, and to enjoy the good humour, kindnesses and company of our relations. The day’s highlight are the competitive dances that enthrall with their colours, intricate detailed regalia, and the sheer physical power put into the dancing. Then there are various food vendors that’ll test your capacity to eat heartily.
All are invited to share in these events to not only enjoy the day’s events, but also to support Indigenous artisans and craft makers, who provide beautiful, genuine Indigenous work in all sort of art genres for sale.
You won’t have to wonder about the protocols, i.e. how one may participate in the dancing or when you may take photos, or when to stand for a prayer, etc. All powwows have an MC that announces or directs these points as they arise. A quick tip: the standard invitation for anyone to join the dancing begins with the call: “Inter-tribal dance”.
Hiy hiy and congratulations to all for a really wonderful 2018 Powwow season.