With bright swirls of colour and the beat of the drums, powwows are powerful celebrations of First Nations culture.
“Our annual powwow is a welcome celebration,” says Larry Gauthier, Coordinator, Chinook Lodge Resource Centre. “It’s the beginning of a new path for students and is a way for our institution to show support for Indigenous learners.
“We encourage students, employees and community members to participate, and there are a few things they should know to make the most of their experience.”
- Drums are the heartbeat of a powwow — and some drums have traditions dictating they can never be left unattended. Please enjoy the music without touching the instruments.
- Photographs are generally permitted during the dances, but please ask permission before taking pictures of individual dancers. If a sacred event is taking place, the MC will announce that photos are not permitted.
- Please give the dancers room to perform and watch from outside the arena. The exception is when Inter-tribal dances are called — at that point you are invited to come into the arena to participate in the dance.
- The clothing worn by the dancers is called regalia. Some articles are extremely old or sacred, so please do not touch without permission.
- The Grand Entry opens the powwow. Please stand while the flags are carried by SAIT students, followed by chiefs and elders.
- Powwows are celebrations — have fun!
Come out to SAIT’s powwow on Thursday, Sept. 19 on the Cohos Common field from 11 am to 3 pm. The Grand Entry will start at 11 am.