Traditional powwow set for May 14

Richard Froese
South Peace News

It’s back by popular demand!

The second annual Bridging Our Communities High Prairie Traditional Powwow is set for May 14.

Colourful dancers and Aboriginal culture will take centre stage at the Sports Palace at the event, organized by the High Prairie Aboriginal Inter-agency Committee.

“It was such a success last year, a lot of people asked us to continue with the event,” say Kim Dumont, who co-chairs the committee and is co-ordinating the powwow.

“We’re hoping that this year’s powwow will be just as good, or better.”

About 700 people packed the arena Saturday night with about 500 in the afternoon at last’ year’s powwow.
Powwows are not just for Native people, but for everyone in all cultures.

“We had 148 dancers register last year,” Dumont says.

From tiny tots to seniors, dancers and drummers, all travelled from all over Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan.

“Our theme is ‘bridging our communities’ and the powwow achieves that,” Dumont says.
“The committee chose a traditional powwow, which is held in celebration to showcase Aboriginal ceremony, music, dance, dance outcomes, food, community spirit and crafts, which serve to foster pride among indigenous people and preserve and enrich traditions and culture.”

A traditional powwow is not a competition powwow, but dancers receive an honourarium.

“We also want to include Metis dancers at the powwow,” Dumont says.

Free soup and bannock will be on the menu. Authentic Aboriginal food and crafts will be featured at the food and craft fair with vendors invited to promote and sell their products.

Graduating Aboriginal high school students will be honoured with an eagle feather and blanket.

Organizers still require volunteers for various roles such as security.
To volunteer, phone Jamie Chalifoux at [780] 536-6049.
For other event information, phone Dumont at [780] 523-0945, Wendy Goulet at [780] 624-6316 or [780] 618-5589.

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