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POWWOWS AT PIC RIVER

POWWOWS AT PIC RIVER

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.