Eska­soni pow­wow

Tra­di­tional an­nual event set for week­end and is open to all

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY CAPE BRE­TON POST STAFF

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.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

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.

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