Anishinabek Nation 2013 Pow-wow Guide

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The Royal Proclamation BY THE KlNG. A PROCLAMATION GEORGE R. And whereas it is just and reasonable, and essential to our Interest, and the Security of our Colonies, that the several Nations or Tribes of Indians with whom We are connected, and who live under our Protection, should not be molested or disturbed in the Possession of such Parts of Our Dominions and Territories as, not having been ceded to or purchased by Us, are reserved to them. or any of them, as their Hunting Grounds, We do therefore, with the Advice of our Privy Council, declare it to be our Royal Will and Pleasure. that no Governor or Commander in Chief in any of our Colonies of Quebec, East Florida, or West Florida, do presume, upon any Pretence whatever, to grant Warrants of Survey, or pass any Patents for Lands beyond the Bounds of their respective Governments. And whereas great Frauds and Abuses have been committed in purchasing Lands of the Indians, to the great Prejudice of our Interests. and to the great Dissatisfaction of the said Indians: In order, therefore, to


prevent such Irregularities for the future, and to the end that the Indians may be convinced of our Justice and determined Resolution King George III to remove all reasonable Cause of Discontent, We do, with the Advice of our Privy Council strictly enjoin and require that no private Person do presume to make any purchase from the said Indians of any Lands reserved to the said Indians, within those parts of our Colonies where, We have thought proper to allow Settlement: but that. if at any Time any of the Said Indians should be inclined to dispose of the said Lands, the same shall be Purchased only for Us, in our Name, at some public Meeting or Assembly of the said Indians, to be held for that Purpose by the Governor or Commander in Chief of our Colony respectively within which they shall lie. Given at our Court at St. James’s the 7th Day of October 1763. in the Third Year of our Reign. GOD SAVE THE KING

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Harper not planning Proclamation party


hat Step h e n Harper — he really knows how to throw a party! About a year ago his government found $17,270 to donate to Leask, Saskatchewan on the 100th anniversary of the community’s incorporation as a village.

Maurice Switzer

“Celebrations such as this are important milestones and an integral part of Canadian history,” said a breathless news release from the office of James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage. Canadian taxpayers also learned that they were contributing to an “outdoor structure” for performing arts, that would also serve as a mural depicting scenes of Leask’s early years. Given that Leask’s population was running around the 418 mark, it’s possible that scenes of the village’s early years do not look too

much different from its current ones. The community can be found on provincial maps; look about midway between North Battleford and Prince Albert, just southwest of Shellbrook and northeast of Redberry Lake. The announcement said the federal government was pleased to contribute funding “to provide Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that celebrate history and heritage.” So if little Leask’s centennial celebration merits a $17,000 investment, can you imagine how much Ottawa plans to spend on commemorating the 250th anniversary of the Royal Proclamation of 1763, which Prime Minister Harper describes as “one of our founding constitutional documents…that has helped shape modern-day Canada”? Well, actually, not one red cent. To our knowledge, the

PM has not even acknowledged requests from First Nations organizations suggesting that, like the PM said Jan. 24, 2012 at the much-ballyhooed CrownFirst Nation gathering, there might not be a Canada if there hadn’t been a Royal Proclamation.

ward questions, like: “If Indians are really ‘Nations’, should our government be trying to pass laws telling them who their citizens are, how their elections should be conducted, or what happens to maritalfgd property in the event of a divorce?”

King George III issued the Proclamation on Oct. 7, 1763 after it had become clear to the British that they could not hope to extend settlement in North America without the permission and military alliance of the “Indian Tribes of North America”. The Proclamation said the tribes were to be respected as “nations”, and promised that a huge section of the middle of the continent would be reserved exclusively for their use.

It’s much simpler for the feds to buy birthday cakes for hamlets of 418 people than risk embarrassing themselves at a party for 30 million.

So what’s holding Harper back from walking his talk about the importance of the Royal Proclamation? If Canada broke out the fireworks and balloons for a Proclamation party, voters might start asking awk-

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Stephanie Peltier with daughters Ciara and Autumn

INSIDE Great Indian Chiefs of Turtle Island Royal Proclamation anniversary Beausoleil Pow-wow

Gas Stations map Dance steps Pow-Wow Etiquette Pow-Wow Listings

Photo of Stephanie Peltier with daughters Ciara and Autumn. - Photo by John St. Jacques.

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The Great Lakes Pow-Wow Guide 2013 is the 19th annual directory/magazine produced by Anishinabek News staff and published by the Union of Ontario Indians. Over 7,000 copies are circulated, most inserted into the May 2013 issue of the Anishinabek News. We have made every attempt to ensure the accuracy of our pow-wow listings. However, some dates may change and some may contain errors. Please confirm information in advance to avoid a long drive to an empty pow-wow ground. Views expressed are not necessarily the opinion or political position of the UOI. No portion of this magazine, including advertisements, photos and other editorial content may be reproduced or published in any form (electronic or print) without the written permission of Anishinabek News.

Great Indian Chiefs of Turtle Island .......... 6 Royal Proclamation anniversary ................ 9 Beausoleil Pow-wow.................................... 11 Gas Stations map......................................12-13

Dance steps.......................................14-15 Pow-Wow Etiquette ............................ 16 Pow-Wow Listings ......................... 17-23


Proclamation acknowledged sovereignty Aanii, Boozhoo, Greetings! The 250th anniversary of the Royal Proclamation of 1763 marks the beginning of Canada as a country. When Britain was forced to recognize “the Indian tribes of North America” as nations due to Pontiac’s War, promises were made and presents were distributed. As part of the promises, the British Crown agreed to protect about one-third of North America (as “Indian territory”) from trespass. In July, 1764, an estimated 2500 chiefs assembled at Niagara and agreed to accept the British pledge. Two Wampum belts were presented and sacred ceremonies sealed the treaty for the First Nations. This great meeting became known as the Treaty of Niagara and the famous wampum belt became known as the 1764 Covenant Chain. Without the agreement at Niagara, the peaceful settlement of what is now Canada would never have

Patrick Wedaseh Madahbee Grand Council Chief Anishinabek Nation

POUNDMAKER Pitikwahanapiwiyin Plains Cree (1842-1886) “This is our land! It isn’t a piece of pemmican to be cut off and given in little pieces back to us.”

CHIEF SEATTLE (Si’ahl) Duwamish (1786-1866) “How can you buy or sell the sky, the warmth of the land? The idea is strange to us.”

SITTING BULL (Tatanka Iyotanka) Lakota (1831-1890) “Each man is good in the sight of the Great Spirit.”

CHIEF JOSEPH (Hinmattoo Yahlattat) Nez Perce (1840-1904) “The earth is the Mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it.”

BIG BEAR (Mistahimaskwa) Plains Cree (1825-1888) “When the whitemen were few in the country, I gave them the hand of brotherhood.”


TECUMSEH Shawnee (1768-1813) “Unless we support one another with our collective forces, they will soon conquer us, and we will be driven away from our native country and scattered as leaves before the wind.”

PONTIAC (Obwandiyag) Odawa (1720-1769) “We are not your slaves. These lakes, these woods, and mountains were left to us by our ancesors. They are our heritage and we will part with them to none.”

JOSEPH BRANT (Thayendanegae) Mohawk (1742-1807) “No person among us desires any other reward for performing a brave and worthwhile action, but the consciousness of having served his nation.”

CHIEF CROWFOOT (Isapo-muxika) Blackfoot (1830-1890) “What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the winter time. It is as the little shadow that runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.”

(Bug-O-Nay-Geeshig) Minnesota Ojibwe (1825-1868) “Although it may cost me my liberty, I will continue to speak and act... ‘til the wrongs of my people shall be righted”


happened. The Three Fires Confederacy, led by the Odawa/Ojibwe War Chief named Pontiac (whose Odawa name was Obwandiyag), devastated nine of eleven British forts on the western frontier of the new colony. The two forts left standing were under siege when the British handed out gifts in a plea for peace. The Royal Proclamation set the rules on land acquisition for European immigrants and the colonial government. However, the Royal Proclamation also marks a time when First Nation sovereignty would not be denied. When the Royal Proclamation was executed on Oct. 7, 1763 there was no doubt about the military power and governance structures of the Anishinaabeg. Times have changed, but the rights that were protected by the Three Fires Confederacy remains credible and the land that the Royal Proclamation acknowledged still belongs to First Nations.

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250th Anniversary of the Royal Proclamation of 1763 falls on Oct. 7


he Royal Proclamation of October 7, 1763 was issued by King George III to establish a basis of government administration in the North American territories formally ceded by France to Britain in the Treaty of Paris, 1763, following the Seven Years’ War. It established the constitutional framework for the negotiation of Indian treaties with the aboriginal inhabitants of large sections of Canada. As such, it has been labelled an “Indian Magna Carta” or an “Indian Bill of Rights”. The document is referred to in Section 25 of the Constitution Act, 1982. This provision details that there is nothing in Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms to diminish the rights and freedoms that are recognized as those of aboriginal peoples by the Royal Proclamation. King George’s Proclamation became a key legal instrument for the establishment of colonial governments in the Province of Quebec, Florida, and Grenada. It also defined the legal status of a large area in the North American interior as a vast Indian reserve. The eastern boundary of this territory, which explicitly excluded the colony of Québec and the lands of the Hudson’s Bay Company, was set along the heights of the Appalachian mountain range. The western border was not specifically described. These special provisions to acknowledge and protect some rights of the native peoples in the North American interior were made in recognition of the fighting power they collectively represented. By holding out to Indians the promise of a degree of security as the sole authorized inhabitants of the larger part of their ancestral lands, the British government was endeavouring to stabilize the western frontier of the old Crown colonies along the Atlantic seaboard. The decision to formalize this limited but important recognition of native rights was hastened by news that a number of Indians following Ottawa Chief Pontiac had successfully demonstrated their defiance of Crown rule over their lands by briefly seizing several British military posts recently captured from the French. Knowledge of this act only seemed to underline for imperial authorities the self-interested wisdom of affording to native groups, many of whom had recently fought the British as allies of the French, a degree of protection from the landgrabbing expansionism of frontiersmen along the western borders of the Thirteen Colonies. The implications of doing otherwise, and of thereby incurring an enormous expense for the maintenance of law and order in the North American interior, were unthinkable to the parsimonious officials responsible for the strategic defence of the British empire. King George reserved the western lands to the “several nations or tribes of Indians” that were under his “protection” as their exclusive “hunting grounds”. As sovereign of this territory, however, the king claimed ultimate “Dominion” over the entire region. He further prohibited any private person from directly buying the interest of native groups in their ancestral soil. This exclusive right of purchase he rather reserved for himself and his heirs alone. As detailed in the Proclamation, he set out a

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procedure whereby an Indian group, if they freely chose, could sell their land rights to properly authorized representatives of the British monarch. This could only take place at some public meeting called especially for the purpose. It was thus that the constitutional basis was established for the future negotiation of Indian treaties in British North America. The Royal Proclamation thereby established the British Crown as the essential central agent in the transfer of Indian lands to colonial settlers. Although it proved virtually impossible for imperial authorities to check the western boundaries of the Thirteen Colonies at the Royal Proclamation line, repeated efforts were made to hold back the pressure of colonial settlement from the larger part of those lands reserved to the Indians. Outrage against this imperial policy in the Thirteen Colonies was one of the factors responsible for the outbreak of the American Revolution in 1776. The first systematic attempts to enforce consistently the treaty-making provisions of the Royal Proclamation took place in the regions north of the Great Lakes which became designated as Upper Canada in 1791. The treatymaking procedures that evolved in this crown colony were later largely exported to the territories purchased in 1870 by the new Dominion from the Hudson’s Bay Co. Although these regions had been specifically designated in 1763 as outside the jurisdictional framework put in place by the Royal Proclamation, Canadian government officials recognized that the native peoples of the newly annexed territory had the same rights to their unceded ancestral lands as Indians in the Upper Canada area prior to the negotiation of treaties. — The Canadian Encyclopedia


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Entire school involved in pow-wow plans By Sharon Weatherall

BEAUSOLEIL FN   – Students at Christian Island Elementary School put a lot of work into planning their annual powwow. Principal Angela Johnson was scouting around for dancers, singers and

drumming groups to take part in the fourth version of the event, scheduled to take place this past May 29. Previous pow-wows have drawn up to 300 students to the island. With invitations already sent, Johnson was waiting

to hear back from local and other First Nation schools. Those attending must bus to Cedar Point in Tiny Township and catch a ferry to Christian Island. “That's why we are holding it within school hours to make it easier for traveling students," said Johnson. In the meantime students were busy preparing for the event. Each year for weeks in advance students from kindergarten to Grade 8 and their teachers begin making crafts and planning foods ideas for the pow-wow. The entire school is working on dream catchers to sell. Each class is responsible for hosting a booth to give students the experience

of being vendors while the money they collect is used to support school trips. "We have always been lucky with the weather," said Johnson, "and usually host the pow-wow in the school yard with our feast inside in the gym. "The students have really taken ownership of the pow-wow, which builds selfesteem and self-confidence in them. Everyone gets involved. Our Grade 6 students are even working on regalia to wear – it's a big endeavour. There is usually lots of food and classes are working on an interactive project to display for guests. Everyone from the school community is looking forward to the pow-wow this year."

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Teacher Myrtle Jamieson with grade 3 students Kiah Monague and Kyle Monague making dream catchers to sell at the event. The grade 3 students are also making key chains.


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Gunner’s Gar Bar, 1116 Hwy 540, Little Current Magnetawan Gas Bar & Store, #10 Hwy 529 & 69, Britt Paul’s Corner Store, P.O. Box 61, M’Chigeeng Ritchie’s (Supply) Gas Bar, M’Chigeeng Willies’ Gas Bar & Convenience Store, Hwy #17, Blind River The NEW Duchesnay Store, 40 Goulais Crescent, North Bay Chester’s Gas Bar, 35 Beaucage Park Road, North Bay The Eagle’s Nest Gas Bar, 2 Migizii Miikan, North Bay Tim’s Convenience, 382 Ted Commanda Drive, Garden Village


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705-865-3066 705-844-2864 705-368-3166 705-283-3606 705-858-0500 705-746-3701 705-285-4293 705-859-2142

Toulouse Gas and Groceries, Sagamok Anishnawbek, Massey Serpent River Gas Bar, Cutler Manitoulin Trading Post, Hwy#6, Sheguiandah Gamiing Gas & Convenience Store, Sheshegwaning Rocky’s, 35 Loonway, Wahnapitae First Nation Island’s Gas and Variety, 3306 Deemeemguk Rd. J & G Marina, 18 McGregor Bay Road, Whitefish River FN Andy’s Shell, 2174 Wikwemikong Way, Wikwemikong

905-352-3147 705-247-9000 705-437-2533 705-657-9946 705-657-1998, 705-657-3661 905-985-3337 705-375-5155

The Tall TeePee Restaurant & Gas Bar, RR#4 Roseneath Bayshore Variety and Video, 3 Bayshore Drive, Beausoleil FN Virginia Beach Marina, 7751 Black River, Rd., Box N 16, Sutton Charlie’s Bay Bait & Tackle, 826 Mississauga St. Curve Lake Terry’s Gas and Variety,1420 Mississauga St. Curve Lake Whetung’s, Corner of Mississauga St and Chemong St. 22521 Island Road, Port Perry Moose Deer Point Marina, 1060 Marina Road

southwest region Aamjiwnaang 519-344-7166 Kettle & Stony Point 519-786-5982 519-786-5604 519-786-2267 Chippewas/Thames 519-870-3216 519-264-2402 519-264-2343 519-289-1458 519-264-2545 Munsee-Delaware 519-289-1585

Chippewa Sunoco, 1010 Degurse Dr., Sarnia Anishinabek Sales, 6364 Indian Lane, R.R.# 2, Forest R & R Marina, 9340 Lake Dr., R.R.# 2, Forest Al’s Gas, 9401 West Ipperwash Beach Rd., R.R.#2, Forest The Store By JJRT, RR 1 - 551 Jubilee Rd., Muncey Chippewa Fuels Gas Bar, RR 1, Muncey Maitland Road Convenience, 46 Maitland Rd., Muncey Apple Corner Gas Bar, 130 Chippewa Rd., R.R.#1, Muncey Three Fires Gas Bar, 34 Christina Rd., R.R.#1, Muncey Duce’s Trading Post, 146 Hyndman Rd., R.R.#1, Muncey Tuck’s Auto, 383 Middlemiss Dr., R.R.#1, Muncey

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Member First Nations Aamjiwnaang FN Alderville FN Algonquins of Pikwakanagan Aundeck Omni Kaning Atikameksheng Anishinawbek Beausoleil FN Biinjitiwaabik Zaaging Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek Chippewas of Georgina Island Chippewas of the Thames Curve Lake FN Dokis FN Fort William FN Henvey Inlet FN Long Lake #58 FN Magnetawan FN M’Chigeeng FN Michipicoten FN Mississauga #8 FN Mississaugas of Scugog Island

Moose Deer Point FN Munsee-Delaware Nation Namaygoosisagagun Nipissing FN Ojibways of Garden River Ojibways of Pic River Pays Plat FN Pic Mobert FN Red Rock FN Sagamok Anishnawbek Serpent River FN Sheguiandah FN Sheshegwaning FN Thessalon FN Wahnapitae FN Wasauksing FN Whitefish River FN Wikwemikong Zhiibaahaasing FN

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Pow-wow Dance Styles Fancy Shawl Dancers Brightly-coloured shawls, held with outstretched arms and worn over the shoulders, brightly decorated regalia, and a dance style that emphasizes a constant whirl of graceful jumps, spins and intricate footwork distinguish fancy shawl dancing from the other women’s categories. Their regalia features colourful shawls, decorated with ribbon fringes, elaborate designs, and appliqué, which are held with outstretched arms as the dancer spins and whirls. The dancer wears an intricately-beaded or decorated cape, various beaded accessories including a headband, brightly-beaded moccasins that cover the calf, and a decorated skirt with ribbon fringes. Dancing with high energy and a fast pace, most fancy shawl dancers are physically fit. They dance with high-stepping footwork and a whirl of beauty, agility and grace as they keep time with the music. Their style mimics butterflies in flight, with the shawls imitating wings. Fancy shawl dancing is the newest form of dance, originating along the U.S.-Canada border during the mid-1900s.

Fancy Feather Dancers Brightly-coloured regalia, twin feather bustles worn on the back, and fast and intricate footwork combined with up-and- down spins distinguish fancy feather dancers from the other men’s categories. Their regalia features bright ribbons and brightly-coloured cloth, as well as great amounts of beadwork, including beaded headbands, medallions, armbands and cuffs. Their capes and aprons usually have ribbon fringing. Angora anklets are worn over the fullest part of the calf. A roach, with two feathers that can move freely, is worn on the head. The two feather bustles, one attached to the waist and the other attached to the shoulders, are colour co-ordinated with the rest of the regalia. Ribbons are usually attached to the tips of the feathers. Small hackle bustles which match the twin feather bustles are sometimes worn as armbands. Because their energetic dance style is much faster than the other men’s styles, most fancy feather dancers are in great physical condition. The quick moves of this style require agility and stamina. Fancy feather dancing originated in Oklahoma.


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Men’s Traditional Dancers A large Eagle Feather bustle worn on the back and extending up past the shoulder, loud bells on the ankles, and a dance style which portrays the dancer’s quest for game distinguish men’s traditional dancing from the other men’s categories. Their regalia features a large U-shaped bustle with a single row of wing or tail feathers and two spikes which point upwards. The bustle is attached at the waist. They also wear a longer porcupine hair roach with a spreader holding two feathers, a bead breastplate over their shirt, a vest with beadwork, an apron with beadwork, arm bands and cuffs, and a decorated belt. The dancer also carries a variety of objects, including the Eagle wing fan, in his hands. The bells, which jingle along with the beat of the drum as the dancer moves, are tied over the cuffs of the dancer’s pants. Dancing by taking two steps with one foot and then two steps with the other, and moving his body and head as though he is hunting for game, the men’s traditional dancer re-enacts the hunt just as his forefathers did. The Lakotas are usually credited with originating this style of dance.

Grass Dancers Yarn and ribbon-adorned regalia and a swaying dance style which features loose and flowing movements along with an emphasis on shoulder-shaking distinguish grass dancing from other men’s categories. Their regalia features lots of white, gold, silver or other brightly-coloured yarn and ribbons of different colours. They wear shirts and pants, with beaded or decorated belts, side tabs, armbands, cuffs, and front and back aprons. They also wear a beaded harness which can reach from the shoulders to the knees. They do not wear bustles of any kind. Grass dancers try to move their yarn and ribbon fringes in as many places as possible, creating a style which flows as the prairie grass does in the wind. This dance requires flexibility and stamina. The grass dance, the oldest form of dance, comes from the prairies. Some say it came from the stomping down of grass at the beginning of pow-wows, while others say it came from the tying of sweet-grass braids to the dancers’ belts.

Women’s Traditional Dancers White buckskin regalia with intricate beadwork designs, fringed shawls folded over one arm, and a dance style with slow and poised movements as the dancers bob to the drum distinguish women’s traditional dancing from the other women’s categories. Their regalia features fine handcrafted buckskin dresses which are decorated with intricate beadwork and long fringes. Their jewelry includes beaded barrettes, a beaded yoke with long buckskin strips that extend to the ankles, and fully-beaded moccasins. The dancers carry a folded shawl with long fringes over one arm and usually a fan in the hand of the other arm. Some dancers also carry a beaded bag. Dancing with elegance and grace, these highly-respected women keep rhythm with the drum by bobbing up and down as they dance in one spot or take very slow steps. They must always have one foot in contact with the earth. Their regalia moves like a breeze through a willow tree. The women’s traditional dance is the oldest form of women’s dancing.

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Pow-wow Etiquette ARBOUR – central area of the Pow-wow grounds where the drums and singers are situated. BEADWORK – the beautiful designs created by sewing beads onto a particular piece of regalia. Beads were originally made from conch shells.

are next in order. The men’s dancers follow next, then the women’s dancers, then the junior boys and junior girls, with the little boys and girls last. After the Grand Entry, there is a Flag Song and then a prayer by an Elder in his/ her language. The Eagle Staffs and the flags are then placed by the arbour.

BREASTPLATE – made from thin hollowed-out bones or long beads which are strung together to cover the dancer’s chest from the shoulders down to waist or knees.

HONOUR SONGS – requested to honour a person for almost any reason, including a deceased person. People are requested to stand during honour songs.

BUSTLES – made from feathers which are arranged together in a radial manner. They were originally worn by only a few honoured men, but now they are usually worn by men’s traditional and fancy feather dancers. Fancy feather dancers use turkey, hawk or Eagle feathers, while men’s traditional dancers almost always use Eagle feathers.

INTER-TRIBALS – songs which belong to no particular nation. Most inter-tribals are sung with vocables instead of words. They have become very popular because anyone can dance to these songs, which results in more people dancing.

CONTESTS – a competition for prizes and recognition against other dancers. Dance styles and age determine the categories of competition. Age groups usually are tiny tots, 0-5; little boys and girls, 5-12; junior boys and girls, 12-16; and seniors, 16-plus. Depending on the pow-wow and the category, prizes may reach $1500. GIVEAWAYS – a universal custom among the peoples of Turtle Island. Turtle Island societies believe that a person who is being honoured should provide gifts to other members of the society. Giveaways are appropriate for the big events in a person’s life, such as being the head dancer or entering the dance area in regalia for the first time. Giveaways by people being honoured or in honour of someone else are common at pow-wows. GRAND ENTRY – the parade of dancers which opens each pow-wow session. The Eagle Staffs are carried first into the circle, followed by the national flag and any other flag, usually carried by Veterans. The head dancers, along with any princesses or princes in attendance, and invited dignitaries


ROACH – type of headdress made from porcupine and deer hair. These are usually several rows of hair tied to a woven base, which allows the hair to stand up and move gracefully as the dancer moves. It is attached by a roach pin to a braid of hair or to strings tied around the head. Longer roaches are now in style, varying from 18 to 22 inches in length. Two feathers are usually attached to the roach. ROUND DANCE – usually held at the beginning of a pow-wow session. The dancers form a large circle in the dance area, with each dance style remaining together. A song is sung with a heavy 1-2-1 pattern and the dancers move laterally around the dance area. The faster styles dance closer to the arbour, and the slower styles dance farther away. Round dances are usually sung in sets of three or four songs. TWO-STEP – the head men’s dancer and the head women’s dancer dance together and lead a long string of paired dancers. The women usually ask the men to dance, and the men must dance when asked. The two-step can become very intricate, with the pairs splitting apart for a time and then rejoining later. People usually end up laughing as they do the two-step.

Pow-Wows are fun events, but they are also sacred events. Ceremonial songs and dances, which are sacred, are performed from time to time throughout the pow-wow. People should stand during all ceremonial songs and dances. These include the Grand Entry, Flag Songs, Veteran Songs, Honour Songs and any other songs that the M.C. designates as ceremonial songs. Do not take any photos or video or sound recordings of ceremonies without asking permission from the person or group you are recording. Some areas of Turtle Island do not allow the recording of ceremonies, period. People should listen to the M.C. because he will announce the different songs and will also let people know when they can dance and when they cannot. He will also give out other information and news. Respect the Elders, drummers, singers, dancers, and the pow-wow staff and committee. The dancers wear regalia while they are dancing, not “costumes.” People should not touch the regalia. Appropriate dress and behaviours are required in the dance area. People should take good care of their children at pow-wows. Do not hold children while dancing the dance area. The child may be construed as a gift to the Creator. Do not run around the dance area. Always walk in a clockwise direction when you are in the dance area. Horseplay is not tolerated. Do not bring alcohol or drugs to a pow-wow. Do not come to a powwow while you are intoxicated. Dogs are not allowed around the pow-wow area. Bring your own chairs. Do not sit on someone else’s chair unless you have their permission. Remember you are a guest. Have fun, ask questions and meet people.

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Pow-wow Listings DISCLAIMER: Please contact the Pow-wow committee ahead of time to ensure that the information you are looking for is accurate. The Anishinabek News is not responsible for errors in the information we have provided. May 18 –19

Hiawatha First Nation 19th Annual Pow-wow “Our Future – All Nations” Location: Lakeview Ceremonial Grounds, Paudash St., Hiawatha First Nation Elders: Suzie Taylor and Angus Pontiac Host Drum: Smoke Trail Co-Host Drum: Armour Hill (next 6 drums to register will receive honorarium) MC: Bob Goulais Fire Keeper: Caleb Musgrave Head Dancers: Kim Muskratt & TBA Youth Lead Dancers: Mykayla Musgrave & Brady Paudash; Kyah Musgrave & Nathan Thomson Head Veteran: Tom Cowie Grand Entry: 12:00 noon both days Admission: 6 under Free; 7-12 $3.00; 13-59 $6.00; Sr 60+ Free Declarations: HFN is not responsible for anything lost, damaged, stolen or injury to persons. No drugs or alcohol permitted, no pets allowed. Contact: Diane Sheridan 705-2957129 day time Email: Darla Blodgett, dblodgett@

May 24 – 26

Odawa Festival of Aboriginal Culture Location: 411 Cookstown Rd., off Moodie Dr. N., Ottawa Website: http://www.odawa.

May 31, 2013

Mountain View School Division Graduation Pow-wow Location: Dauphin Regional Comprehensive Secondary School gymnasium Dauphin, Manitoba Grand Entry: 1:00 pm Contact: Wade Houle Email:

June 1 – 2

Aundeck Omni Kaning Annual Traditional Pow-wow Location: Aundeckomni Kaning Park & Campground near Little Current on Beautiful Manitoulin Island Grand Entry: Sat. 1 & 7pm and Sun. 1:00 Contact: (705) 368-2228 during business hours, leave message

Little Iron Drum - Nipissing First Nation.

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Grand Entry: SAT 12:00 pm SUN 12:00pm 7th Annual Gathering of the Sunrise Ceremony: Saturday and Clans Powwow Sunday Location: Manistique Tribal Com- Feast: Saturday 5:00 pm munity Center on US-2 next to the Host Drum: Thunder Earth Kewadin Casino. Co-Host: Henvey Youth Grand Entry: Saturday at 1 and 7 M.C.: Gerard Sagassige p.m. and Sunday at noon. Invited Drum: Nimki N’Gunsai There will be a crazy auction Arena Director: Elwood AshaSaturday after the feast. wasegai Vendors: Viola Neadow Admission Fee: None Contact: Viola Neadow at (906) Special Events/Features: Hand 341-6993 or (800) 347-7137. Drum Contest; Feast and Giveaway; Moose-Calling Contest; June 8 – 9 Potato dance. 17th Annual Aboriginal Gathering Special Declarations: Absolutely and 9th Annual Traditional Pow- no Drugs and/or Alcohol wow “It’s Celebration Time” All First Nation Dancers, Drum Location: Agricultural grounds, Groups, Anishinabek Vendors and Peace River, Alberta Artisan welcome!!! Special Events: “Lubicon Unity Contact: Coordinator Kimberly Special” sponsored by Lubicon McQuabbie, 705-857-0957 Lake Band. June 14 Grand Entry: 1:00 pm daily Chippewas of the Thames Annual Sunrise Ceremony: 7:00 pm SatAnnual Children’s Pow-wow urday Location: Chippewa Ball Park, Feast: 6:00 pm Saturday Muncey First Nation, 640 Jubilee Admission Fee: None Rd., Muncey, Ont., Located 25km Registration: Dancers $5.00 SW of London, Ontario; Off Hwy 2 Special Declaration: No alcohol, Longwoods Rd., Exits on Hwy 402 No Drugs Delaware, Hwy 401 Iona Rd. Contact: Dennis Whitford, 780Grand Entry: FRI 12 pm 624-6367 Email: Special Declaration: No Drugs or Website: Alcohol Vendors: First Nations owned and June 8 – 9 operated vendors only. Henvey Inlet First Nation 10th Contact: Band Office 519-289-5555 Annual Intertribal Pow-Wow Website: “Celebrating Family – All My RelaJune 14 –16 tions” Located: Ball Field, French River 5th Annual, Maamwi Kindaaswin Celebration I.R. #13, Pickerel River Road off Hwy 69, 45 minutes South of Sud- Location: Canadore College Lower bury 1 hour North of Parry Sound. Field 15 College Drive Directions: From Hwy.11/17, Exit Watch for Pow-wow signs.

June 8 – 9

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N. Gormanville Road. Lower residence field of Canadore College Host drum: Eagle Flight Singers (London ON) Co-host drum: Otterhead Singers (Moose Factory ON) MC: Kirby Mianskum Lead Dancers: Rhonda Doxtator & Clifton Couchie-Mianscum Head Veteran: Tom Saville & Philip Moore Cultural Workshops & Education day: Friday June 14th 2013 Feast @ powwow grounds Saturday June 15th Grand Entry: Sat 1:00 & 7:00 pm; Sun noon Sunrise Ceremony: before sunrise, Friday, Saturday and Sunday Feast: Saturday June 9th 5:00 p.m. Admission Fee: Free Vendor Fee: $100 for the weekend Special Events/Features: Honour songs for former residential school students. Contact: Kirby Mianskum: North Bay Indian Friendship Centre, 705472-2811, ext. 202

June 15 – 16

South Bay Traditional Pow-wow Location: South Bay, Wikwemikong, ON Direction: Manitoulin Island, off Highway #6, Wikwemikong Way and follow signs. Grand Entry: 12:00 daily Admission: None Special Declarations: Absolutely No Drugs, No Alcohol, No Pets and Not responsible for any accidents, injuries, lost or stolen items. Contact: 705-859-3782, or 705859-2385

June 21 – 22

Alderville First Nation 26th Annual Traditional Pow-wow Location: Alderville First Nation Pow-wow Grounds, Roseneath, ON Directions: Located 5787 Roseneath Landing Rd., (Rain site: Alderville Community Centre) Grand Entry: Noon both days Event: This is a community event that involves traditional dancing, drumming, food, ceremonies, crafts, etc. Contact: Bruce Smoke 905-3522359 Email: smoketrailsingers@hotmail. com


Pow-wow Listings Long Lake #58 First Nation Powkum, Nipissing First Nation wow Female Lead Dancer: Harmony Na-Me-Res Traditional Outdoor Location: Directly on Trans CanaRestoule, Dokis First Nation Pow-wow Feast: Saturday June 29, 2013 at da Hwy#11, along the NE shore of In Honour of First Nation’s Involvebeautiful Long Lake, adjacent to 5pm ment in the Battle of Fort York the town of Longlac in the MuniciAdmission: Free Location: Wells Hill Park, E. of Craft Vendors: $75 for the week- pality of Greenstone. Bathurst and St. Clair, Toronto, ON Contact: Band Administration end Grand Entry: 12:00 pm building, 807-876-2292 Food Vendors: $175.00 weekend Drums: Only first five uninvited (no electricity) July 5 – 7 drums will be allowed to set up. Special Events: Music and Dance Miawpukek Traditional Powwow Vendor: $50.00 plus gift on Sat. night 8:00 – 11:00 pm. “Honouring Our Chiefs, Past and Contact: Blanch White, 416-651Dancers and Drums Welcome – Present” 6750 Must Register Rough Camping Available, No Pets Location: Conne River, NL, McJune 22 – 23 Declaration: Absolutely no alcohol Donald's Family Park & Culture 11th Chippewas of the Thames Grounds, Conne River, NL or drugs Traditional Gathering Directions: Route 361, Bay D Contact: Susan or Tim Restoule Location: Chippewas of the Espoir Highway 705 763 2343 or Teresa Restoule Thames First Nation, Jubilee Grand Entry: FRI, SAT and SUN at 705-763-2027 Park,, 640 Jubilee Road, Muncey, 1:00 pm Website: Ontario Grand Closing: SUN @ 5pm dokispowwow (for more details) Grand Entry 12:00 noon on Satur- Fancy shawl dancer Sheeba Fobister, from Website: Events: Social Night, June 30, day and Sunday 2011@ 7pm Fort Frances, at the 25th Annual Lakehead University Native Students Association July 5 – 6 Admission: Free, dancers and Community Feast Friday, Saturday vendors welcome, drug and alco- Pow-Wow, held March 15-17 in Thunder French River Visitor Centre, First and Sunday @ 5pm Bay. – Photo by Rick Garrick Nation & Aboriginal Advisory hol free event Admission: Free, All Welcome Committee Contact: Andre Halfday 519-289Special Events: Drum CompetiGates open: 10:00 am both days 3127 or 519-719-1462 or ahalfGrand Entry: Sat 1:00; Sun at Noon Festival of Peoples 2013 “The Talk- tion and Dance Competition Prize ing Rocks of the French River” amount to be determined. Admission Fee: $8.00 per day Location: on Hwy #69 at the Website: www.traditionalgather- ages 13 – 54, $5.00 per day ages Campsites and RV parking rentals and our facebook page– 6 -12, Senior’s 55+ and kids 5 and French River Visitor Centre, 90 km available, call Thelma to book. north of Parry Sound and 70 km Chippewa Traditional Gathering Contact: Colleen Lambert, Tourunder: FREE south of Sudbury ism, Culture and Recreation Event: FRI Princess Pageant 6:00 June 22 – 23 Friday, July 5th, 2013: Pictograph Manager 709-882-2470 work; pm at Community Centre – Live Sheshegwaning Traditional Pow- entertainment; Native food; Napresentation at 1:30 p.m.; Michif Email: wow language sharing circle at 3:00 Website: tive crafts; Singing and Dancing Location: In community next to p.m.; Tea social to follow Special Declarations: CommitJuly5-7 skating rink, Sheshegwaning, ON Grand Entry: SAT at 12:30 p.m. tee is not responsible for thefts, Sheguiandah First Nation 24th Directions: Hwy# 540 POW-WOW: Storytelling, visitaccidents, lodging, inclement Annual Traditional Jiingtimok Grand Entry: SAT. 12:00 & 7:00 ing old and new friends, tour weather or lack of traveling funds. Location: Pow-wow grounds, pm; SUN. 12:00pm No drugs, alcohol or pets allowed the award winning Interpretive Feast Date/Time: Saturday 5:00PM on the premises. Rough camping Centre, food vendors and artisans. Sheguiandah First Nation, Hwy. Admission Fee: Free Admission Gift giving Ceremony at 4:00 p.m. 6. Rainout location at the Round and showers available. House. Vendor Fee: $25.00 a day followed by Feast. Public welcome Contact: Loretta Roy 705-283-3292 Contact: Tracy Williams, 519-336- Family friendly gathering everyone Contact:(705) 368-2781 or (705) 368-1150 Email: lorettaroy@sheshegwaning. 8410 is welcome org Email: Contact: Marilyn Capreol, 705July 6 – 7 Website: 346-2612 or 705-857-1630 18th Annual Jiingtamok, Little Website: http://www.visitfrenJune 29 – 30 June 22 – 23 River Band of Ottawa Indians Dokis First Nation 13th Annual 52nd Annual Aamjiwnaang Location: Tribal Gathering Traditional Pow-wow July 5 – 7 Competition Pow-wow Grounds, Manistee Michigan, USA “Honouring the Drum” Location: Bear Park – 1972 Virgil Location: Dokis First Nation, via Ave. Sarnia, Ontario (new faciliMonetville, ON ties and pow-wow grounds) Directions: See website. MC: Bill Crouse, Salamanca, NY Grand Entry: Both days at 12pm Arena Director: Nim Plain, Aamji- Special Event: Saturday Evening: wnaang FN Ernest Restoule Memorial Special Head Male Dancer – Will HedgeDonna CHRIS Morris Men's Traditional: 1st $300, 2nd OAK REALTY Ltd path 705-227-0009 $200, 3rd $100 Call us for All Your Home Buying & Head Female Dancer – Paula Arena Director: Doug Compagan, Call us for Your Home Buying CallAll us for All Your Home Buying&& Hedgepath Selling Needs Ottawa, Ontario Selling Needs Selling Needs Host Drum – The Boyz Host Drum: Little Iron, Nipissing ELLIOT LAKE: TOOL FREE: IRON BRIDGE: ONLINE: Dance Judge – Jason Whitehouse ELLIOT LAKE: ELLIOT LAKE: TOOL FREE:TOOL FREE: IRON BRIDGE: ONLINE: First Nation IRON ONLINE: 705-848-9000 1-888-838-0002 705-843-1666 Drum Judge – Mark LaValle and MC Co-Host Drum: Popular Singers, 705-848-9000 1-888-838-0002 705-843-1666 705-848-9000 1-888-838-0002 705-843-1666 Bill Crouse. North Bay, Ontario Committee Specials TBA Male Lead Dancer: Clifton Mians-

June 22


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Pow-wow Listings nual Pow-wow Location: Sagamok Pow-wow Grounds, Massey, ON (signs to be posted0 Directions: S. at lights in Massey, July 6 – 7 left at Zion Church, over bridge Muncey-Delaware Nation turn right and go 5km to fork at Pow-wow River Rd., turn left, follow signs Location: Munsee-Delaware Nato Sagamok Point. tion Park, Muncey, ON Dancer Registration closes at 2 pm Grand Entry: 12:30 pm on both days Dancers must be in Free Admission full Regalia to receive HonorariContact: Band Office, 519-289ums 5396 Host Drum: Whitefish Bay Singers, Whitefish Bay Ontario July 12 – 14 Co-host: Thunder Earth, Wik29th Annual Ojibways of the Pic wemikong, On River First Nation Invited Drum: Sitting Bear Traditional Name: Begetekong Only invited Drums and 3 regAnishinabek istered drums to be to be paid Location: Heron Bay, Ontario, Honorariums Directions: Highway 647, off (Drum Keepers talk directly to Hwy#17 between Thunder Bay & organizer to be guaranteed a Sault Ste. Marie spot. Only room for 3 Drums to Warm-ups: Friday starting at 7:00 Register) pm Head Dancers TBA Grand Entry: Saturday at 1 pm & 7 MC: Dan Fox pm and Sunday at 1 pm Co-MC Joe Owl Feast Date/Time: Saturday –5pm Grand Entry: Fri. 7pm; Sat. 1 & MC(s): James Mishquart 7pm; Sun. 12 noon Head Dancers: Carriane Agawa, Feast/Giveaways: Sat. at 5:00 pm Mike Esquega on Sun. giveaways take place at Admission Fee: No admission fee 4:00pm) Vendor Fee: Jackey Michano Admission: Free Special Declarations: Rough Vendors: $200/weekend camping available. No drugs are Events: Environmentally friendly alcohol permitted. traditional Pow-wow, paper prodContact: Jackey Michano, 807ucts please, bring your feast bag, 229-8885, ext. 4 rustic camping Email: jackey.michano@picriver. Declarations: Absolutely no Drugs, com Alcohol or Pets, Please Follow Pow-wow Protocol. Sagamok July 12 –14 Anishnawbek Community and Pow Sagamok Anishnawbek 30th An- Wow Committee NOT responsible Grand Entry: SAT 1:00 pm; SUN 1:00 pm Contact: 1-888-723-8288 Website:

for lost, damaged items, personal property or other effects. Contact: Leroy Bennett 705865-2171 Email: leroybennett@

July 26 –28

20th Annual Anishinaabe Family Language and Cultural Camp “Celebrating the Unity of Our Language & Culture” (bring your flag and gift for giveaway) July 13 –14 Sponsored by the Little River Band 43rd Annual Chippewas of Kettle of Ottawa Indians of the Anishiand Stony Point Pow-wow Location: Pow-wow grounds, Forest, ON Directions: 9226 Lake road, Kettle & Stony Point FN, ON, behind the golden Eagle’s Grand Entry: Sat. – 1pm & 7pm; Sun. at Noon Events: Drum & Dance Specials, Craft and Rough Camping Available Vendors/Craft: Contact 519-7865731 Vendors: Band Office at 519-7862125

July 26 – 28

25th Annual Atikameksheng Anishnawbek Celebrations “Honouring Families” (Whitefish Lake First Nation Powwow) Location: Atikameksheng Anishnawbek Pow-wow Grounds, Naughton, ON Directions: Regional Road 55 , 22km, West of Sudbury, turn on Reserve Road Contact: Teresa Migwans, Email: (Coordinator) 705-692-3651, ext. 236 Contact: Carla Petahtegoose, 705-692-3651 ext 236 Email: (Admin)

Jingle dress dancer Lisa Gustafson, from Thunder Bay, at the 25th Annual Lakehead University Native Students Association Pow-Wow, held March 15-17 in Thunder Bay. – Photo by Rick Garrick

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Pow-wow Listings naabe Nation and the Little River Casino Resort Location: Pow-wow Grounds, corner of M22 & US 31 across from Casino Manistee, 2596 Loon Drive, MI, USA Events: Presentations on cultural teachings, language learning, pipe teachings, natural medicines, drum making, cradle board making, residential school experience, basket making, hide tanning crafts and games. Presentations are Anishinaabemowin with English used as second language and are aimed at all ages. Declarations: Meals are provided, no registration fees, bring your Nation flag and a gift for the giveaway, showers on site, first come-first served for the camping area. Contact: Kenny Naganiwane Pheasant: 231-590-1187 or 231398-6892 or Terri Raczkowski at 231-398-6891 Email: or Website: www.anishinaabemdaa. com

permitted Contact: Vi McLean at 705-8422670, ext. 226

August 3 – 4

Wasauksing 5th Traditional Powwow “Returning to the Circle” Location: Pow-Wow Grounds: Depot Harbour, Wasausking First Nation Directions: 10 minutes from Parry Sound, on Bowes St, turn South on Great Northern Road, turn right on Emily St. and follow through on Rose Point Road, cross bridge to Wasauksing First Nation. Grand Entry: Noon both days Admission Fee: Donations Vendor Fee: $25.00 p/day Special Declarations: No drugs, no alcohol, no pets allowed on powwow grounds Contact: Kelly King, 705-746-8022 Web:

August 3 – 5

52nd Annual Cultural Festival Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve Location: Wikwemikong, Ontario, August 2 – 4 Manitoulin Island, ON off Highway 26th Annual Pic Mobert First #6, follow Wikwemikong Way to Nation Traditional Pow-wow Thunderbird Park in the main Location: Pow-wow Grounds, Pic village. Mobert, ON Any details such as: Guest Drum: Off Hwy#1, 20 km E. of White Chippewa Travellers River. M.C.: Chris Pheasant, WikGrand Entry: Sat. 1:00 & 7:00 pm; wemikong & Ryan McMahon, Sun. 1pm Manitoba Events: Sacred Fire Friday to Arena Director: Matthew PheasMonday; Warm-ups Friday 7pm – ant, Wikwemikong 11pm; Camping Available, Food & Head Dance Judge: Ann Marie Craft Vendors, No admission fee. Kick-Prue (Proulx) Declaration: No drugs or alcohol Head Drum Judge: Mark Lavallee, permitted, 24-hour security, No Cape Croker, Ontario Pets Head Veteran: Gabriel Bennett, Contact: Band office, 807-822Sagamok 2134 Smoke Dance Singer: TBA Head Dancers: Picked daily August 2 –4 Special Events: Hoop Dance DemThessalon First Nation 20th An- onstration, Smoke Dance Special, nual Traditional Pow-wow committee specials, & CommuniLocation: Thessalon First Nation ty Specials. Please visit website Pow-wow Grounds, Thessalon, ON for updated information Directions: Hwy. #17 East turn Admission: Adults $10 daily or $20 right Maple Ridge Rd., turn right weekend pass, children (6 – 12 Biish Road, follow signs. yrs) $2, elders and under 6 FREE Registration and Social: Friday at Declaration: This is an alcohol Pow-wow grounds and substance free event. AnishiGrand Entry: Fri: Social Drumnaabe Vendors Only. 24 hour seming; Sat. 12:00 & 7pm; Sun. at curity. Wikwemikong Heritage Or12:00. ganization and the community of Feast: Sat. 5pm – Bring own Wikwemikong is not responsible Utensils (plates/cutlery) for accidents, thefts, or property Vendor Fee: $25 per day; $50.00 damage. No blanket dances will for the weekend be accepted. All presentation Camping available honorariums and registration fees Declarations: No drugs or alcohol are in Canadian currency.


402 Delaware, Hwy 401 Iona Rd. Grand Entry: SAT 12 pm & 6 pm; SUN at noon Admission: Adults (18-54) $5, Youth (6-17) & seniors (55+) $4.00, 5 & under free Dancers pay the admission rate. August 10 – 11 Special Declaration: No Drugs or Annual Serpent River Traditional Alcohol Pow-wow Vendors: First Nations owned and Location: Serpent River First Na- operated vendors only. tion, Cutler, ON Contact: Band Office 519-289Directions: First Nation located 5555 halfway between Sudbury & Sault Website: Ste. Marie on Hwy 17 at the Big August 17 –18 Teepee Algonquins of Pikwakanagan Special Events: Live music on Traditional Pow-wow Friday at the Pow-wow grounds Location: 2 km off Hwy 60. Grand Entry: Sat 12:00 & 7:00 Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First pm; Sun 12:00 pm Nation, Golden Lake, ON Contact: Band Administration office, 705-844-2418 during busi- Grand Entry: 12 noon on both days. ness hours. Rough camping available August 10 –11 Admission: $6 ; 12 yrs under Free Saugeen First Nation 42nd Vendors: Craft Vendors: $125; Annual Competition Pow-wow Food Vendors: $175 very limited Location: James Mason Centre, space. Saugeen First Nation located just Contact: Jane Commanda (613) outside Southampton, ON. Three 625-2800 Ext #231 hours northwest of Toronto along Website: algonquinsofpikwakanasandy beaches of Lake Huron. Access to drive-on sandy beach. August 17-18 5 minutes east of Southampton Timiskaming First Nation’s Ontario & 5 minutes to Sauble 11th Annual Pow-Wow and Beach–located at Saugeen First Traditional Gathering Nation#29 “Honoring the Gifts from within” Timiskaming First Nation Annual Grand Entry: Both days at 1pm Feast: Sat. at 5pm Craft vendor: $100 food $150 Contact: Clint Root or Renee (519) 797-1973 Email: Clinton.renee@sympatico. ca Head Dancer: Rain Williams– Head Dancer: TBA MC: Allan Manitowabi–Arena Director: Ponchie Plain Head Youth Female Dancer: Miranda Root Head Male Youth Dancer: TbA Vendors: Status Vendors only Food/Craft (Authentic Crafts) Admission: $5 Parking free Rough camping available with showers Contact: Clint or Renee Root @ or 519-797-1973

Contact Information: Doris Peltier, Toll Free: (877) 859-2385, dpeltier@wikwemikongheritage. org Website:

August 17 –18

Chippewas of the Thames Annual Competition Pow-wow Location: Chippewa Ball Park, Muncey First Nation, 640 Jubilee Rd., Muncey, Ont., Located 25km SW of London, Ontario; Off Hwy 2 Longwoods Rd., Exits on Hwy

Martina Osawamick, from Wikwemikong, at the 25th Annual Lakehead University Native Students Association Pow-Wow, held March 15-17 in Thunder Bay. – Photo by Rick Garrick

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Pow-wow Listings Pow-Wow and Traditional Gathering Pow-wows are considered both a sacred and social event by traditional Anishnabe families. It is a time to renew our ties with the beliefs and traditions of our ancestors. It also is a time to enjoy the company of family and friends both new and old. This is the one real opportunity that most people have to see Anishnabe traditions in action! We do not charge for admission, parking or camping space. In addition to viewing and participating in the dances, visitors can browse through art, craft, souvenir, and food booths. To register booth or drum to call 819-723-2335 ask for Belinda.

August 17 – 18

Wahnapitae First Nation 18th Annual Traditional Powwow Location: Wahnapitae First Nation, Wahnapitae, Ontario via Capreol, Ontario Directions: 52 km north of Sudbury (just past Capreol, ON) Grand Entry: Sat. 1pm & 7pm; Sun. 1pm Registration: 11 am – 2:00 pm Honorarium and meals distributed daily for registered dancers Calling all Dancers, Singers, and Drummers Vendors: All welcome Rough Camping available Contact: WFN Band Office (705) 858-0610 (business hours) Website: wahnapitaefirstnation. com

Fancy shawl dancers at the 25th Annual Lakehead University Native Students Association Pow-Wow, held March 15-17 in Thunder Bay. – Photo by Rick Garrick

August 24 – 25

27th Annual Homecoming of the Three Fires Traditional Pow-wow Mississaugas of New Credit Location: New Credit Indian Reserve, R.R.#6, Blue#2789 Mississauga Rd., Hagersville, ON Direction: 2 km N of Hagersville; 40km S of Hamilton; Hwy #6 S, W @ Haldiman 1st Line Road. Watch for signs. Grand Entry: Sat. 1:00 & 7:00pm; Sun. 1:00pm Feast: Traditional feast on Sunday 4:00 pm Vendors: Craft Vending –Only allowing 30 vendors this year. Preregistration is a MUST for craft August 24 – 25 vendors. $30/Day; $50/Weekend 3rd Annual Mattagami First Rough Camping Nation Pow-wow Admission: $5.00; 6 & under – Location: Mattagami First Nation Free; is located 2 1/2 hours North of Declaration: No Alcohol; No Sudbury and 1 hour South of Tim- Drugs; Please Bring your own mins plates, utensils and cups for the Grand Entry: Saturday 12pm & weekend. 7pm and Sunday at noon. Contact: Faith 519-445-2283 or Feast: SAT at 5pm summer student at 905-768-5686 Vendors Welcomed –$40.00 (June-Aug) vendors permit which includes 1 Email: info@firstnationsgathering. table (to be paid in full by cash or com money order) Web: Everyone Welcomed to Attend Declaration: This is a drug and August 24 – 25 alcohol FREE gathering Chippewas of Rama First Free Rough Camping Nation Competition Pow-wow Contact information: Dana CosCelebration grove, 1-888-269-7729 Location: Pow-Wow Grounds, 5884 Rama Rd. Rama, Ontario (across the road from the Casino)

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Directions: from Toronto: Hwy 400N to Hwy 11N, take exit 131 A (ON 12-S), Slight Right on Atherley Rd (ON 12-E), Left at Rama Rd. (County Rd 44) Destination will be on the left. Grand Entry: Saturday 1pm; Sunday 12:30pm MC(s):Chris Pheasant and Alex Fox Head Dancers: Lee Benson and Geraldine Cameron Admission Fee: Contact organizer Vendor Fee: Contact organizer Special Declarations: No Alcohol, Pets, Bring a chair / blanket Contact: 705-325-3611 ext. 1299 Email: or Website:

Feast: 5:00 pm both days Grand Entry: Gates open at 10:00 am; 12 pm on Sat. & Sun. Admission Fee: Under 12 free, kids/Elders $3.00; Adults $6.00 Vendor and Camping Fee: call for information Special Declarations: No Drugs or alcohol, No selling of sacred items, No Pets unless working dog, camping available Contact: Trudi at 613-375-6356

August 24 – 25

17th Annual Zhiibaahaasing First Nation Pow-wow Theme: “Honouring our Culture and Tradition” Location: Pow-wow grounds, Silverwater, centre of the communiAugust 24 – 25 ty, west end of Manitoulin Island, 19th Annual Silver Lake ON. Stay on HYW 540. Turn onto Traditional Pow-wow Sheshegwaning road follow all the ‘Honouring our Traditions’ way to Zhiibaahaasing First NaLocation: Silver Lake Provl. Park, tion. Home of the World’s Largest Maberly, ON Peace Pipe, Drum and Outdoor Directions: From Kingston/Toron- Dream Catcher. to, Hwy # 401 exit 611 take Hwy # Grand Entry: Sat. 1:00 & 7:00 pm, 38 – 1 hour North to Sharbot Lake Sun. 12 pm intersection of Hwy # 38 and Hwy Feast: Feast Saturday at 5 pm # 7 Turn right on # 7 – 8 minutes everyone welcome. Breakfast for east towards Ottawa to Enall campers Sunday 7:00 am. trance to Silver Lake Provl. Park. Drum: Rotating drum, no drum From Ottawa take Hwy#417 W. hopping take exit 145 to Hwy#7 W. ToAdmission Fee: FREE ronto/Carleton Place, 1 hour drive Vendor Fee: FREE – all donations following Hwy#7 through Perth to would be greatly appreciated entrance to Silver Lake Provincial Camping: Rough camping, on-site Park. showers available.


Pow-wow Listings Special Events/ Feature: Evening Bingo Saturday Special declarations: No Alcohol, Drugs, or Pets Contact: Bobbi-Sue Kelles at 705283-3963

12 and Wye Valley Rd., Midland, ON Grand Entry: SAT 12 & 6pm; SUN 12pm Sunrise Ceremony: Sat and Sun. 6:30 am Admission: Public $5 August 30 – Sept. 1 Vendors: Please Pre-register, 25th Annual N’bisiing limited space available Anishinabek Traditional Everybody Welcome – come Gathering dance with us. Bring a blanket, 25 Years Cultural Revival bring a chair, stay for the day! Location: Jocko Point Traditional Rough camping available for Grounds, Nipissing First Nation, participants. Ontario Declarations: Absolutely no Drugs Directions: Travel on Hwy 17, or Alcohol, No Pets 13km E of Sturgeon Falls or 23km Contact Information: Friendship W of North Bay, 7 km south on Centre 705-526-5589 Jocko Point road. Email: Grand Entry: 1:00 pm both days Web: Sunrise Ceremony: Lighting of September 21 – 22 the Fire Saturday sunrise Curve Lake First Nation Feast: Sat. 5:00 pm Events: Talent Night FRI @ 6 pm Traditional Pow-wow Location: Lance Woods Park, – 10 pm Curve Lake First Nation, Curve Host Drum: Little Iron Lake, ON MC(s): Bob Goulais Registration: Daily at 12:00 pm Directions: Hwy 401 to hwy 115; hwy 115 to Fowler's Corners Vendor Fee: $100.00 per day off ramp; turn right at Fowler's or $150.00 for two days. All Anishnaabe traders and vendors Corners, follow to end, turn left, straight through Bridgenorth to 4 welcome Special Declarations: No alcohol, way stop; turn left and follow to Curve Lake road. There will be drugs. No pets. powwow signs. Contact: Rodney Commanda Grand Entry: Both days at 12pm 705-753-2050 ext. 1260 Admission: Adults: $7; Children Email: under 12: $3 All gate receipts go Website: to pay for dancers and drummers August 31–Sept. 1 Events: Come join us at our anM’Chigeeng First Nation 26th nual Pow-wow! Enjoy traditional Annual Traditional Pow-wow foods, dances, songs and stories! Location: M’Chigeeng First Nation Special Declarations: No alcohol, Traditional Pow-wow grounds, no drugs, no pets (not even the M’Chigeeng, ON kind that you can carry) Grand Entry: Sat. 1:00 & 7:00 VERY LIMITED camping available. pm; Sun. 12:00 noon Camping is for drummers, dancSpecials: Hand Drum, Lead off ers, Elders first, then vendors. and Junior Male Vendors: Contact Anne for Admission: Free; Free Parking; vendor packages, directions, etc. Rough camping, no Hydro vendor priority will be given to Declarations: No Drugs or Alcohol Canadian First Nations permitted; Honourarium provided Contact: Anne Taylor at 705-657to all registered dancers & drum- 2758 mers; All drummers to bring their Email: culturalarchivist@ own Feast Bundles or mongohnse@ Contact: Band Office, 5362 Website:

Hosted by Canadore College, Aboriginal Students. Supported by Nipissing University Aboriginal Services and Programs. Canadore College Aboriginal Learning Unit’s Annual Pow-wow Location of Pow-wow Grounds: Canadore College gymnasium, North Bay, ON Directions: From Hwy 11 N to Hwy 17 W, turn right at Gormanville Road and then left to College Drive. From Hwy 17 W, turn left at Gormanville Road and another left to College Drive Grand Entry: 12 noon Admission: free Vendor Fee: $25 for day Special Declarations: No drugs/ alcohol Contact Information: Tina at 474-3450, ext. 4252 or Gerard 474-7600, ext. 5481

culture such as drumming, dancing, singing, and giving thanks. Grand Entry: 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm both days Contact: Sheila Pelletier-Demerah, 807-343-8085 Email:

March 14-16

Gathering of Nations Location: UNM Arena “The Pit” in Albuquerque, NM, New Mexico The Gathering of Nations is a 3-day event for all people, kicking off the event is the Miss Indian World Talent Presentations starting Thursday evening on April 25th, 2013 at a the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino-Albuquerque

LUNSA & OASA presents the Annual Student Pow-wow Location: CJ Sanders Field House, 955 Oliver Road, Thunder Bay, Ontario This powwow showcases local talent and entertainment, free of charge, while reinforcing traditional aspects of Aboriginal

March 22-23

Aboriginal Family Festival: Annual Ottawa Children & Youth Traditional Pow-wow Time: 12:00 PM Location: Ravens' Nest, 1125 Colonel By Drive, K1S 5B6, Ottawa Canada Phone: (613) 520–2120 Intended Audience: Anyone Contact: Alison Tranter (613) 7223811 ext. 234 Email:

April 23-26

September 7 – 8

Georgian Bay 13th Annual Traditional Pow-wow Presented by the Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre, presented in partnership with Sainte-Marie among the Hurons Location: Ste. Marie Park, Hwy


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Pow-wow Showroom. Over 3,000 indigenous / Native American / Indian dancers and Singers representing more than 500 tribes from Canada and the United States Over 800 artists, crafters, and traders. See the best in Native American Music Performances and Entertainment! Website: www.gatheringofnations. com/

May 17-18

Whitefish Bay First Nation Naotkamegwanning Cultural Center Host Drum: White Fish Bay Singers MC: Vince Beyl Drums: First 9 Registered Drums Paid honorarium, Tiny Tots Paid Daily Vendor: $100.00 Craft Stands $75.00 Contact: SCFS Pow Wow Committee, 1-807-226-2844 Website: Ron Kanutski from Lake Helen and his Goddaughter Carleiuh Loon from Mishkeegogamang at the April 22 Tiny Tots Powwow in Thunder Bay. — Photo by Rick Garrick

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