Northern College Prepares for 13th Annual Traditional Powwow

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TIMMINS, ON: Northern College’s 13th annual traditional powwow will be held at the Timmins Campus on April 5 and 6, 2014. The theme of the powwow is Re-membering Traditions Through our Elders. The powwow will feature remarkable performances and highlight customary aspects of Aboriginal tradition, including drumming, dancing, singing, and friendship.

“Hosting cultural events is just one part of our commitment to incorporating Aboriginal perspectives into all aspects of the Northern College experience,” said Fred Gibbons, President of Northern College. “Our annual powwow is a wonderful opportunity to embrace our community’s diversity and promote cross-cultural understanding. We encourage all members of the community to join us and share in this great annual event.”

Serving as Master of Ceremonies will be Elder David Faries. He will be joined by Grandmother Roberta Oshkawbewisens, Grandfather Henry Matthews and Arena Director Gerald Chum. Highridge Singers of Moose Factory will serve as host drum, with Poplar Singers of North Bay serving as co-host drum. Rosary Spence and Tim McGregor will be the lead dancers.

“Powwows are the First Nations peoples’ way of gathering together to join in dancing, singing, visiting, renewing old friendships and making new ones,” said Faries. “This is a time to renew the culture and preserve the rich heritage of First Nations peoples. A powwow is a place where you listen to the words of the grandmothers and grandfathers. It is a place where there is much joy and laughter, which bring good energies.”

Festivities will begin 6:30 a.m. on Saturday with a sunrise ceremony. The first grand entry will occur at 12:00 – noon on Saturday, followed by artisanal craft and information booths. A regalia fashion show and feast will be held at 5:00 p.m. A second grand entry will begin at 7:00 p.m. A third and final grand entry will be held at 12:00 – noon on Sunday. Festivities will conclude with giveaways and closing ceremonies at 4:00 p.m.

The event is family-friendly, free and accessible to the public. For more information or to register a vendor table, please contact Joseph Nakogee at 705.235.3211 ext. 2233 or nakogeej@northern.on.ca.

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