Akwesasne International Pow Wow – September 7th & 8th 2013 A’nowara’ko:wa Arena CLICK FOR DETAILS

It’s that time of the year!
Saturday September 7th & Sunday September 8th 
Gates open at 10 AM
2-day pass available for $12.00.
Area residents remember to purchase  the program for the Pow Wow which includes a return  Bridge Pass! 
Drums & Dance Competition
Traditional Craft and Food
An amazing family event!
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.
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
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, while you browse through the vendors area to find that one of a kind keepsake.
We have the Remesha Drum Group coming on Sat. Sept. 7, and they will be:Appearing before Grand Entry at 11:30 a.m. and at Supper Intermission, 5:00 p.m.

Pow Wow Etiquette 

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 do not allow the recording of ceremonies. Photography is permitted 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!!



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