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Montreal Families

Celebrate native culture at Pow Wow

Every summer for the past 25 years, Kahnawake, a Mohawk reservation just outside Montreal, hosts Echoes of a Proud Nation Pow Wow. This year, it will take place July 11 and 12 and the public is invited to learn about the culture of First Nations people, their communities and share in their heritage. “The Pow Wow in Kahnawake began after the Oka Crisis as a way to bring people together,” says Lynne Norton, one of the committee members. “Community members felt there was a need for healing and they wanted to show everyone on the outside that they are welcome.”

Visitors can enjoy dance performances, listen to the hand drum, observe traditional First Nations attire or peruse more than 75 arts and crafts stations that offer handmade jewelry and accessories. Should you get hungry, you can try an Indian taco, a buffalo burger, deer meat and more at one of the 25 food stands. It all begins with a song to honour war veterans, followed by a parade of dancers and a welcoming ceremony. On Sunday, prizes are given to the winners of the dance competition, who then perform a victory dance. Families are welcome to join in during the inter-tribal dancing.

The Pow Wow runs Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $8, $4 for seniors and free for kids under 5. There is free parking and handicapped facilities. For more information or directions, visit kahnawakepowwow.com

Watch the video below to see the dancers from the 2014 Pow Wow.

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