Feature Story Monday, August 18, 2014
New Spirit of the People location a good fit for powwow say organizers
Traditional First Nations dancers competed during the Spirit of the People Powwow.
of sunshine helped make the Annual Spirit of the People Traditional Powwow
August 8-10 awesome. Hundreds of people amassed at Tzeachten Sports Field
for an opportunity to connect and share their with native heritage
When "tiny tots" danced, host drum Eya Hey Nakoda, who came in from Alberta for the event, performed "Old Macdonald's Farm". If you listened carefully, down in amongst the mellifluous notes and cadence of the drumming, was a beautiful rendition of the classic children's song.
Nelson Leon referred to the sports field as a "wonderful venue and the
powwow's brand new home on Tzeachten First Nation land".
On Saturday afternoon, dignitaries took part in the Grand Entry ceremony as flag bearers for Métis, Stó:lō, Canadian Indian, BC and the United States of America.
Leon named the
flag bearers and described the flags. He spoke about the Métis flag.
Eya Hey Nakoda brought their big drum and expertise from Alberta for the powwow.
Abbott gave a historical overview of the powwow and how it was
shelved after a death in the family and then revived.
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