Northern college is gearing up to celebrate its 14th Annual Traditional Powwow that will kick off with a concert on Friday, April 10. The event will feature a grand entry, a native fashion show, a feast, a craft and information fair and, traditional drummers. Grand master of ceremonies will be Elder David Faeries.
The event will be a celebration of Aboriginal culture, friendship, and goodwill and is meant to share traditions and teachings with event goers. One of the most exciting features of the ceremony will be the grand entrance which is led by an Elder carrying an eagle feather. The Elder is followed by dignitaries and dancers dressed in traditional regalia who dance to the beat of a drum.
The theme of the event this year is Honouring the Red Road which is reflective of Aboriginal approaches to healthy living.
Event organizers say that the Powwow is becoming an increasingly popular attraction that sees between 1, 500 and 3,000 visitors each year. Attendees are Native and non-Native a trend that organizers are embracing because it promotes cultural understanding and awareness. Building bridges between different cultures is an important step in combating racism and making our community more friendly and inclusive.