It’s time for the 2010 Akwesasne International Pow Wow – September 11-12

AKWESASNE – It’s that time of the year again!  The Akwesasne International Pow Wow takes place September 11-12

Click the link below to listen to the Akwesasne International Pow Wow radio message!

Akwesasne Pow Wow

Everyone is welcome!

The Akwesasne International Pow-Wow is held annually in September on the weekend immediately following Labor Day, at the A’nowara’ko:wa Arena on Cornwall Island, Ontario.

On the shores by the beautiful St. Lawrence River, visitors can enjoy a two day event with good music, good food and good company. The Akwesasne Pow-Wow brings together the best Native artisans, drummers and dancers from this region.

The pow-wow allows us to join with other First Nations from across Canada and the United States to share in this great gathering, it also allows visitors from many nations to participate in this exciting cultural experience.

Enjoy and take part in the ‘fastest dance on two feet’, with our Iroquois Smoke Dancers. This dance got its name back when the people would dance around the fire pit causing air to circulate, and thus helping the fire embers ignite.

It is our hope that this time spent together will bring us to a better understanding of one another and foster a strong bond of peace and friendship with our neighbours of all cultures.

The gates open to the public at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday and the festivities start with a spectacular grand entry at noon with all the beautifully dressed dancers. You will have an opportunity to purchase some home made Native food and enjoy a cool strawberry drink or lemonade, and you can browse through the vendors area to find that one of a kind keepsake.

Here are some useful links and things to know about the Pow Wow as it is a very spiritual event as well as an amazingly colourful and exciting festival.   There is some awesome native food and booths of cultural and artistic items so that you can bring a souvenir of this occasion home with you to cherish the memories of the event.

Pow Wow Etiquette

Where the 2010 International Akwesasne Pow Wow is:

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.

For more information visit the website by clicking any of the images or HERE.

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