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    The Great Lakes Powwow Guide is now  

  available online by the Anishinabek Nation

website: https://issuu.com/anishinabeknews/docs/2018pwguide




Each year Pic River First Nation holds an annual Powwow. Dancers come from various of locations to dance and represent their community. It's a time when ceremonies are honoured and past times are cherished. Everyone is welcome!

Each dancer has their own story…their own rhythm and dance style. Every regalia represents an element of nature.

The Grass Dancer's are usually the first ones out on the dance area to lay down a path for the dancers who follow. They represent the movement of grass blowing in the wind.

The Jingle Dress Dancers are known as healers. Their dancing represents prayers for those who are sick.

Fancy Shawl Dancers represent the butterfly, their movements are soft and gentle. With their wings spread open, they move across the dance area with ease.

Men's Traditional Dancers are hunters. Their movements re-enact that of a hunter hunting for game.

Women's Traditional Dancers keep rhythm with the drum by bobbing up and down. One foot must always be connected with the earth. They're regalia moves like the breeze through a willow tree. They are the oldest form of women dancing. 

Fancy Feather Dancers requires agility and stamina. They dance in a style that is fast and have intricate footwork combined with up and down spins that distinguish fancy feather dancers from the other men's categories.


To dance is to pray, to pray is to heal, to heal is to give, to give is to live, to live is to dance.



  • Powwows are fun events, but they are also sacred events. Ceremonial songs and dances, which are sacred are performed from time to time throughout the powwow.
  • 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 our other information and news.
  • Respect the Elders, drummers, singers, dancers, and the powwow staff and committee.
  • The dancers wear regalia while they are dancing, not "costumes". People should not touch the regalia.
  • Appropriate dress and behaviour are required in the dance area.
  • People should take good care of their children at powwows.
  • Do not hold children while dancing in 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 powwow. Do not come to a powwow while you are intoxicated.
  • Dogs are not allowed around the powwow 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.