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Sept 1-2: Join Us at the Millbrook Powwow

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 on Saturday afternoon Sept 2 for anyone in the wider community who would like to join us.  No Quaker bonafides required.  Invite your friends!

Pow-wow Details

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!

Trip #1: Friday Evening, Sept 1

Singers, songwriters, storytellers, musicians
  •  6PM: Richard Gloade We’kopekwitk, NS (Singer, Songwriter)
  •  7PM: Gerald D. Gloade – We’kopekwitk, NS (Finger Style Guitar)
  •  8PM: Gerald R Gloade – We’kopekwitk, NS (Storyteller, Night Sky)
  •  9PM: Tia Wood — Saddle Lake Cree Nation, AB (Singer, Miss Manito Ahbee)
Departing Wolfville 4:30PM (and other points as arranged).  
Return time to be arranged by participants.

Trip #2: Satuday Afternoon, Sept 2

Pow-wow Drums and Dancers
1PM: Grand Entry
Afternoon: Drums and Dancers (return time flexible)
Optional: 2 hr break during afternoon to visit Mi’kmawey Debert Interpretive Trail
On Saturday afternoon, we will arrive in time for the Grand Entry of drums and dancers at 1PM.  
For those who are interested, we will also arrange for a side trip during the afternoon to the Mi’kmawey Debert Interpretive Trail.  This is a 75-minute interpreted walking trail located a short drive away, at the site the oldest known human habitation site in the northeast of the continent.  The ancestors of today’s Mi’kmaq lived there over 10,000 years ago. You can learn more in this episode of Land and Sea: The Mi’kmaq journey.
Departing Wolfville 11:00AM (and other points as arranged).  
Return time to be arranged by participants.

To Join Us

Arrange transportation by Friday at Noon by 
  • emailing email hidden; JavaScript is required or 
  • calling Mylène at 902-582-1771
  • Let us know whether you need a drive or can offer a drive
  • Don’t forget to pack a lawn chair or picnic blanket!
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