Pow wows in BC

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pow wows in BCPow Wows are the Aboriginal people’s way of meeting together, renewing old friendships, and making new ones, to join in dancing, singing, visiting, . This is their way to renew Native American culture and preserve the rich heritage of American Indians culture.

The physical landscape of a powwow typically involves a series of concentric circles with the drums and musicians located within the innermost section of the circle, and the dancers, audiences and vendors emanating from the centre. To many Aboriginal peoples these circles represent the centrality of the drum to their worldview; the drum represents the heartbeat of Mother Earth, illustrating the close connection of Aboriginal peoples to the land. Common features of powwows are the distinctive music, dances and dance apparel of the participants.

Pow wows in BC:
Honoring Youth in Care Pow Wow
June 4 –
Federation of Aboriginal Foster Parents: 3455 Kaslo St., Vancouver, BC
Squamish Nation 28th Annual Youth Powwow
July 8 – 10, 2016
Capilano Reserve Park: 100 mathias road, west vancouver, BC
July 29 – 31, 2016
Tk’emlups Indian Band Powwow Grounds: 200-330 Chief Alex Thomas Way, Kamloops, BC
Spirit of the People Pow Wow
July 28 – 30, 2017
Tzeachten Sports Field: 46770 Bailey Road, Chilliwack, BC


Read more about our pow wow experiences in our previous blog posts:

The costumes of the Pow Wow

pow-wow dancers
The Pow Wow in Pemberton was based on the traditional gatherings of the first nations of North America. From my own eyes and interpretation I saw glimpses of traditional costume, that being animal furs and buckskins. The majority of the costumes were made from modern looking fabrics and colour woven into the style of the old Native American.
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Pow Wow: feather pick up ceremony

The feathers that are on the clothes for the Pow Wow ceremonies are seen as sacred, they have a meaning for the tribe but also for the person. When they are stitched onto the clothes it is done with pride and humbleness, there is good care in the stitching of the feathers.
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Pow Wow – The Significance of the Big Drum

We had the opportunity to go to a Pow Wow in Mount Currie near to Pemberton. When we arrived it was just starting: the Chief was doing the opening of the celebration. The Community Hall was divided in different parts: all around were small stands where we could buy hand made clothes or jewels, in the center was an open place for the dances and between, …
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First nations Pow-Wow – Culture

On June 4th and 5th, 2016, the traditional St’át’imc Pow-Wow took place in Pemberton, in the Fraser Canyon region. It was a weekend of dances and gathering for the First Nations. From 1pm to 5pm, and again from 7pm until the rest of the evening, locals from the St’át’imc territory came to gather with their close friends and family.
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Pow wow – Men VS Women

The Pow wow is one of the oldest traditional events in North America. More precisely, it is a specific event for the First Nation people, with the purpose to honor their culture by dancing and singing. Knowing that in the majority of human traditions men’s and women’s roles are distinct, I …
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