Traditional annual event set for weekend and is open to all
Traditional annual event set for weekend and is open to all.
First Nations culture will be celebrated with feasts, song and dance when Atlantic Canada’s biggest powwow kicks off this weekend.
The 24th annual Eskasoni International Competition Powwow is the first of six powwows that will be held across Nova Scotia this summer.
And, with participants coming from as far away as Oklahoma and Manitoba, Eskasoni chief Leroy Denny says this year’s event will be “epic.”
“We’ve been planning this powwow since last year’s event and that had a huge turnout, so there’s going to be lots more dancing and drumming and it’s going to be a really colourful event,” said Denny.
“If you haven’t experienced a Mi’kmaq powwow before and always wanted to see one, then come visit us.”
In fact, Chief Denny said the powwow, also known as mawiomi, is open to everyone and he welcomes visitors and locals from across Cape Breton to attend the three- day event during which many participants will be in traditional regalia.
This year’s powwow will be MC’d by Bill Constant, of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation in Manitoba, and will include a Saturday performance by A Tribe Called Red, an Ottawabased, aboriginal electronic group that blends hip hop, reggae and modern dance music with elements of First Nations music that include chanting and drumming.
Five other powwows will be held in the province this summer including the Membertou Powwow that is scheduled for Sept. 4- 6 at the First Nations community in Sydney.
Leon Denny of Eskasoni is shown performing a traditional dance at the the 2014 Eskasoni powwow. The 24th annual Eskasoni International Competition Powwow, the biggest powwow in Atlantic Canada, will be held in Eskasoni this weekend.