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Powwows

Preserving culture through celebration

Wanuskewin powwowPowwows rank as one of the highlights of the Saskatchewan summer. Beads, bells, porcupine quills and feathers decorate the brilliant outfits of dancers who step, swirl and jingle in time to powerful drumming and the chant of the singers.

The stately grace of the women’s jingle dance, the passion of the men’s fancy dance, the energy of the youth dances – each has its own history and meaning, preserved through the centuries. Friendly competitions, good food and companionship are all part of the experience. Firmly rooted in tradition, the powwow today continues to be an important cultural and social gathering.

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