Tsuu T’ina Pow Wow 2011

This past weekend was the Tsuu T’ina Pow Wow and Rodeo held in Redwood Meadows, just east of Bragg Creek.  This event has an incredible atmosphere with band members from First Nations across Canada and the United States attending. 

The Pow Wow starts with the Grand Entrance where all of the dancers enter and then move around the center of the Beaver Dome.  As the drum circles from different nations take turns pounding and singing out songs, the dancers stream in and join the throng of people dancing, walking and jumping as they circle around the central pillar. 

 

 I live on the Tsuu T’ina Nation’s land and feel very lucky to be a neighbour of the people and to be able to so easily enjoy their culture.  The performers dance for healing and the spirituality that envelops the dancers and the crowd is palpable and inescapable.  Just as I said last year at the end of the 2010 Pow Wow, I am already eager for next year’s.

 

 

 

3 responses

  1. Linda Martin

    Such great pic’s thank you for sharing.

    August 29, 2015 at 6:33 pm

  2. Val

    Wonderful! I love all the colours.
    There are very few PowWows in the UK, but I was ‘vaguelly’ invited to one years ago by a First Nation friend and wasn’t able to attend.

    July 30, 2011 at 8:33 am

  3. elmediat

    Beautiful photography. Your portrait shots, first & third, are particularly striking and powerful. Well done. I have been to local Pow Wows in our area and our Native Youth association put on a Aboriginal Feast Celebration at our secondary school ( I have a post on the feast for those who are interested) . Enjoy the day !

    July 28, 2011 at 8:43 pm

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