The 40th annual Odawa Traditional Pow Wow is taking place this Saturday and Sunday, May 28 and 29. There’s a new location this year. It’s at 200 Moodie Drive, south of the Queensway, and the opposite side to where it has been in years past.
Gates open at 10 am with grand entry at noon.
All are welcome. Admission is free. At the gate, there will be a donation bin for dry, non-perishable food, clothes and monetary donations.
You’ll find handmade crafts such as carvings, dreamcatchers and jewellery, as well as beading, leather work, paintings, clothing, decals and other expressions of Native culture.
There will be feasting too: Vendors may be serving up moose, cariboo, deer, buffalo, walleye, arctic char, wild rice & Indian tacos.
The pow wow will feature Aboriginal drum groups, singers and dancers in full regalia. And performers will take to the stage Saturday evening. The Ottawa River Singers have been named host drum and MC is Greg “Mista Wasis” Dreaver.
This annual celebration focuses on the importance of family, friends, community and community partners. It also provides an opportunity to give thanks and to honour the sacredness of life and long-held, meaningful traditions.
So come. Bring the kids. Listen to the singing, see the drumming, watch the dancing and join in the feasting.
For details, see the Odawa Native Friendship Centre website or email Odawapowwowodawa.on.ca.