Akwesasne – It’s that time of the year! The Akwesasne Pow Wow takes place September 10th & 11th at the A’nowara’ko:wa Arena on Cornwall Island! A true family event full of music, colour, and tradition! Whether watching the Dances, sampling the traditional Native foods or shopping at the marketplace the Pow Wow offers something for everyone!
There are several guidelines that you should know as a courtesy to the Powwow participants: Powwows are fun events, but they are also sacred events. Ceremonial songs and dances, which are sacred, are performed from time to time throughout the powwow.
People should stand during all ceremonial songs and dances. These include the Grand Entry, Flag Songs, Veteran Songs, Honor Songs, and any other songs that the M.C. designates as a ceremonial song – Please stand quietly out of respect and always remove your hat/headgear.
People should listen to the M.C. as he will announce the different songs and will also let people know when they can dance and when they cannot. He will also give you other information and news.
Do not take any photos, videos or sound recordings of ceremonies without prior permission from the person or group you are recording. Some areas of Turtle Island to not allow the recording of ceremonies. Photography is permited only at certain times; listen to the M.C. for details. If you would like to photograph individuals, please ask them for their permission first and respect their decision.
The dancers wear “regalia” while they are dancing, NOT “costumes”. People should NOT touch the regalia. NEVER pick up a piece of a dancer’s outfit. Point out the item to the dancer and they will retrieve it.
Do NOT walk across the dance arena, the chairs around the dance arena are for the dancers. Bring your own chairs. Do not sit on someone else’s chair unless you have their permission.
Respect the Elders, Drummers, Singers, Dancers, and the Powwow staff and Committee!!
DO NOT BRING ALCOHOL OR DRUGS TO A POWWOW!!!
Directions are provided below the map
FROM OTTAWA: Take the 417 E. to Monkland/Cornwall/Hwy 138 exit. Turn right towards Cornwall. Continue onto Brookdale Ave and follow signs to Bridge to U.S.A. Go thru tolls, and over Bridge to Cornwall Island, and turn left at STOP sign. Follow Pow Wow signs to Anowara’ko:wa Arena.
FROM MONTREAL: Take the 20 W., it becomes the 401 in Ontario. Exit at Brookdale Ave. & turn left on Brookdale Ave. Follow signs to Bridge to U.S.A. Go up Bridge, go thru tolls on Cornwall Island, and turn left at STOP sign. Follow Pow Wow signs to Anowara’ko:wa Arena.
FROM THE USA: Follow Rte. 37 to Bridge to Canada. Go over Bridge and report directly to the CBSA (Canada Border Services Agency) temporary border crossing in the city of Cornwall as required under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and the Customs Act. Once processed by CBSA travellers will be able to continue back to Cornwall Island. Turn left at STOP sign and follow the Pow Wow signs to Anowara’ko:wa Arena.
NOTE: Canadians: When leaving the powwow from Cornwall Island, you will be required to report to Cdn. customs upon re-entry into Cornwall/Canada.
Americans: When coming from N.Y, you will need to report to customs.
All travellers entering Canada from the United States are required to report directly to the CBSA (Canada Border Services Agency) temporary border crossing in the city of Cornwall as required under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and the Customs Act. Once processed by CBSA travellers will be able to continue to their destination in the City of Cornwall or back to Cornwall Island