Powwows are public events that create an opportunity for First Nations people to share their culture with people of all backgrounds. A celebration of life, powwows are a smorgasbord of delight for the senses. When you attend a powwow, you will quickly find yourself submerged into a world of high energy dancing and singing. Your breath will be taken away by the extravagant traditional attire that each dancer adorns themselves in. Stories and traditions of the original care takers of the land are shared through rhythmic movements as the dancers step in sync with the heartbeat of Mother Earth, the powwow drum. There are several different styles of powwow dance featured in these celebrations.
Powwows which are often fast paced events, the “Shimmer & Shine Experience” will slow things down and provided you with the opportunity to have an intimate conversation with a experienced powwow dancer. The style the dancer will be showcasing is the Jingle Dress, which is one of the categories of dance featured in powwow celebrations. The dancer will share stories and teachings of the Jingle Dress followed by a dance demonstration, answering any questions that participants may have. For a truly immersive cultural exchange experience, the group will also have the opportunity to learn a few dance moves themselves. A step by step powwow dance tutorial will be provided so that everyone can experience the power of dancing to the heartbeat drum. The dance portion is inclusive to all ages, skills, and physical ability levels so that everyone can enjoy themselves.