We were very lucky to share in this Native tradition in Prince Albert. As my Auntie is a Native from the Cree tribe, she goes every year to show her support and watch her Grandchildren dance.
Everybody participating in the Pow Wow dress in traditional (sometimes exaggerated I'm told) clothes. They are all handmade, colourful and the bead-work very intricate.
There are traditional dance competitions for money. The categories are Adult Male, Adult Female, boys and girls. The Native people of all tribes are able to take part, and some travel for days to get to the Pow Wow.
It is free to park and free to watch.
It is held in the Art Hauser Centre which is the home of the Raiders, the ice hockey team. The dance competitions are held on the ice (covered of course), so spectators need to wear something warm as the temperatures are low.
As you walk into the building, there are stalls selling toys, jewellery, t-shirts, jackets, bead belts and more. The majority of these items are handmade by the owners of the stall.
I enjoyed learning about this tradition and I also saw myself a Canadian Mountie!
Art Hauser Centre
690 (B) - 32nd Street East
Prince Albert, SK
Just a quick tip!
When entering a Canadian home, take your shoes off and leave them by the door (on the inside) unless your are directed to put them into a closet nearby.