56th Curve Lake Pow Wow Sept. 21, 22
by Jaclyn Witherly
The 56th annual Curve Lake First Nation Pow Wow will be held on Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will be held at Lance Woods Park at Curve Lake.
“There are different views on what a Pow Wow is. Some people see it as a celebration, some people see it as a ceremony,” says Anne Taylor, who is the Coordinator of the Pow Wow and the Cultural Archivist at the Curve Lake Cultural Centre.
“It’s a coming together of friends, family and new friends to exchange goods, crafts, stories, ceremonies, a chance for individuals within the community and visitors to connect with elders and to connect with our heritage and culture.”
Taylor says there will be about 200 dancers, and they expect anywhere from 6,000 to 9,000 visitors. There will be 12 food vendors selling everything from hamburgers and hot dogs to buffalo, elk burgers, corn soup and traditional teas and breads.
Around 43 craft vendors will be selling moccasins, hides, knives, instruments, furs, deer horn and more.
Dancers come from all across Canada and the U.S., some visitors come from as far as Europe to experience the weekend events.
“Our Pow Wow is fantastic when it comes to friendliness and welcoming people,” Taylor said.
Some highlights are the Grand Entry, which is a parade at noon, of all the dancers, dignitaries and veterans. Another is when the grass dancers come in and bless the dance area to open it up for the weekend and there is also a sacred fire where people can offer prayers, meditate or speak with an elder.
There are several drums and this year, for the first year, there will be a woman Master of Ceremonies, Ethel Chynoweth. Sometimes it is inappropriate to take photos and the M.C. will direct the crowd at these times.
Dancers will be wearing their personal Regalia, which is made up of significant pieces to the wearer and collected over a long period of time. It’s an on-going piece of art.
“I think the Pow Wow is important to the people of Curve lake because it keeps us all connected and it’s a community gathering where we can celebrate being together and the strength of our community and the strength of our families,” Taylor said.
“Hopefully visitors can take away a little bit of our culture, in understanding the importance of this earth and our connection to that earth. Not just First Nations, but everyone’s connection to the earth, so then we learn better to care for it, to care for our water and air and leave that for future generations.”
Admission for each day is $7 and for children and seniors it’s $5. There will be shuttle buses and golf carts to bring visitors in.
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