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Pow-wows

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Pow-wows occur throughout the year in Kenora, however, mainly take place outdoors in the spring and summer months. Look at the Events Calendar to see upcoming Pow-wows.

Everyone is welcome to attend a Pow-wow. Please remember that there are certain customs and etiquette to be following should you attend.

Pow-wow etiquette

Pow-wows are sacred ceremonial rites and while entertaining these events have a special place in the cultural heritage of each group. We ask that you acknowledge and respect these activities by observing all instructions provided by the M.C.

Please stand during all ceremonial songs and dances.

These include the Grand Entry, Flag Songs, Veteran Songs, Honor Songs, and any other songs that the M.C. designates as ceremonial songs.

During ceremonial songs and dances, please remove all headdresses unless it has an eagle feather in it.

Do not take any photos, video or sound recordings of ceremonies without asking permission from the person or group you are recording.

Note: Some areas of Turtle Island prohibit recording of ceremonies.

Respect the Elders, singers, dancers, drummers, and the powwow staff and committee.

The dancers wear regalia while they are dancing, not “costumes.” People should not touch the regalia or take photos unless they receive permission from the dancer.

Appropriate dress and behaviour are required in the dance area.

Do not pick up any pieces of regalia or feathers you find on the ground. Please alert a dancer or a Pow-wow Committee member. This is very important, as there are ceremonies that must take place to retrieve certain items that has fallen from a dancer’s regalia.

The sacred fire is a place to examine your thoughts and to pray. Do not turn your back to the Sacred Fire. Moreover, do not throw anything in the fire other than sacred medicines. Follow the instructions of the Fire keeper and his helpers. Do not talk loudly around the fire. Tobacco will be available at the fire and people who pray there offer small amounts to the creator.

People should take good care of their children at the pow-wow. Do not allow children to run around the dance area. Horseplay is not tolerated.

Do not bring drugs or alcohol to a pow-wow. Do not come to a powwow if you are intoxicated.

Dogs are not permitted around the pow-wow area. If you are traveling with your pet, please seek out a Pow-wow Committee member for advice on where dogs can be walked.

Bring your own chairs. Do not sit on someone else’s chair unless you ask permission. Tents with chairs are reserved for elders, dancers and drummers.