Smiths Falls set to host second Pow-Wow

May 30, 2018 by

SF Pow WowPartnering with the town again, Indigenous Studies students from Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute are once again hosting a Pow Wow on Turtle Island on the weekend of June 9 and 10th.   Originally launched last year as part of the Canada 150 Celebrations, the event was singled out for a provincial award.

This year the Pow Wow will open on Saturday at 10:a.m. with a Grand Entrance scheduled for noon and a second Grand Entrance scheduled for 6:00 p.m. with a closing ceremony at 8:00 p.m.

“Spectators can come and participate, and watch dancers and buy traditional food of indigenous people from 12 to 5 p.m.,” said Bailey Bissaillion, Student Councilor, SFDCI student and one of the organizers.

The Pow-Wow will include traditional song and dance and drumming as well as traditional crafts and food.  Students are also setting up art installations and educational exhibits they’ve prepared.

“It was immensely popular with tourists last year.  If you’re not from North America it’s a pretty unique experience,” said Malcolm Morris, CAO.

On Sunday the Pow Wow will resume starting at 10:00 a.m. with the Grand Entrance at Noon, and closing ceremony at 5:00 p.m.

It’s really unique,  and you don’t really see Pow Wows in small towns that bring cultures together, so it’s really neat to see and everyone should come out for an amazing cultural experience,” said Bissaillion.