Native dancing at the POW WOW event

Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre 15th Annual POW WOW

September 12-13, 2015

This annual POW WOW is presented at Sainte-Marie Park, near Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, by the Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre. Sainte-Marie Park is off Highway 12 and the Wye Valley Road, just east of Midland.

The “Grand Entry”, which signals the official opening of the POW WOW, is at 12 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, and 12 p.m. on Sunday. Eagle staffs and flags will be presented with the entry of the dancers with the circle. The Flag song, Veteran’s song, Opening Prayer, and Welcome happens at this time.

The order of drums and dances is set by the Master of Ceremonies and the Arena Director. The dancing continues throughout the day until approximately 4:30 p.m., when all will break for Feast. The Second Grand Entry begins between at approximately 5:30 p.m. and then dancing continues until dusk. Closing ceremonies will be on Sunday at approximately 4:30 p.m.

Throughout the POW WOW, types of Native dances will include Men’s Traditional, Woman’s Traditional, Men’s Grass, Women’s Jingle Dress, Women’s Fancy Shawl, and Tiny Tots. In addition, Intertribal dances will be called, where everyone is invited to participate in the dance circle.

More than 35 vendors and artisans will be on site exhibiting and selling their crafts, jewellery, and foods.

Public Admission to the POW WOW is $5.00. Children under the age of 10 are free. Sorry, no pets are allowed at the POW WOW. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

Please note that pictures may not be taken during Honour Songs. The Master of Ceremonies will advise when pictures may be taken by the public during selected dances.

For further information contact the Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre at (705) 526-5589 or visit their website www.gbnfc.com