Drummers, singers and dancers came from all over to participate in the mini-powwow held Aug. 26 at the Fishing Lake First Nation sports grounds.
People came from communities including Kawacatoose, Muscowekan, Pasqua, Wahpetung and Yellow Quill. Five drum groups and 84 dancers participated in the powwow that concluded four days of Culture Camp.
The powwow began with FLFN Chief Sunshine, Councillor Terence Sabit, the Wadena/ Foam Lake RCMP and the dancers for the Grand Entry. Drum groups played traditional songs, and dancers performed the grass, jingle, chicken and other traditional dances. The drum groups were Rock Hill, Dancing Horse, Lone Creek, Cree Spirit and Saulteaux Style. Dancers from tiny tots to grandparents demonstrated their skills at the different dances.
“Our powwow is not only an event but a sacred ceremony for our people,” said volunteer Osawa Kiniw Kayseas.
“Reviving our culture is important for First Nations to feel proud and a sense of belonging in our community. The powwow was beautiful and it allowed us to share and celebrate our beautiful culture.”
By Charlene Wirtz