Have you ever wanted to go to a Pow-wow ? Are you an experienced Pow-wow go-er and want to share the experience? Want to learn about Mi’kmaq culture, support Indigenous artists and businesses, and join in living the Treaty relationship of Peace and Frienship, but not sure how to start?
Annapolis Valley Quaker Meeting’s Truth and Reconciliation Committee will be attending the Millbrook First Nation’s Pow-wow (near Truro) this Labour Day Weekend. This is a free and public event where Mi’kmaq and other Indigenous people from all over, as well as non-Indigenous members of the public, are invited to share in friendship and celebration. We will be co-ordinating drives to the performance series on Friday evening Sept 1 and the Pow-wow drumming and dancing onSaturday afternoon Sept 2 for anyone in the wider community who would like to join us. No Quaker bonafides required. Invite your friends!
The Pow-wow continues Saturday evening and Sunday as well. Admission is free. There are vendors on site and areas where you can pitch a tent for a multi-day stay. The organizers shared this message about how to participate respectfully:
“The protocols are pretty straight forward. No alcohol and drugs. Only dancers in the dancer arena unless otherwise stated, such as intertribals and etc. There is very little contest that happens at our gathering. This is to entertain the crowd that we have coming to our pow wow. Always ask a dancer for a picture before hand. Most importantly show respect to others and enjoy the day. Pow wows such as ours and many others … [are] for everyone to enjoy. Come and bring a friend or many. Enjoy the sights and sounds. We have vendors and demonstrations happening also. There is no admission fee!