Mi’kmaw celebrate 19th annual Pow Wow

Clayton Hunt
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They come from all over now.

Each year, for nearly two decades, they’ve  been travelling from across Canada and beyond to participate in Conne River’s annual Pow Wow.

The Miawpukek First Nation of Conne River held its 19th annual Pow Wow during the July 4 to 6 weekend. People from all across Newfoundland and Labrador and other parts of North America participate in the annual event that continues to be very popular. Chief Misel Joe of the Miawpukek First Nation is seen here with, (from left) Lana Penney, Ottawa; Eileen Penney, Ottawa; Genevieve Young, Ottawa; Travis Penney, Ottawa; Olive Lewis, Deer Lake; Marlene Peddle, Corner Brook and Lena Penney, Arnold’s Cove.

They come to meet, to enjoy the dancing, singing, drumming, the colourful regalia and dress,  to renew old friendships and to make new ones.

Last week they arrived in Conne River once again for the 19th annual celebration.

Chief Misel Joe of the Miawpukek First Nation of Conne River said the band was skeptical if the Pow Wow would be successful when it started back in 1995.

“It’s amazing that after all those years that this event still attracts local and aboriginal peoples from all across North America,” Chief Joe said.

“We see these Pow Wows as a means to teach our young people the rich heritage, the culture, traditions and spiritually of the Mi’kmaw and of Canadian Aboriginal people in general.”

For Kyle LaForme from the Ojibwa group of Ontario, it was his third time at the Conne River Pow Wow.

“I first attended in 2010, as I wanted to come to Newfoundland after travelling across most of Canada,” he told The Advertiser on Friday. “I thoroughly enjoyed the warm and friendly people in the community, and that’s why I’m back again in 2014.

It was Laura Spring’s first time at the event. Spring, an Ojibwa from Ontario, came to see her good friend, Kim Newby, was was the Head Dancer at the event.

“Kim knows quite a bit about my aboriginal background, and I wanted to come here to learn about her connections to Newfoundland. I’m having a lot of fun and great time at the event so far,” she said Friday.

Todd Evans of Grand Falls Windsor said he attends the event to honour his heritage and culture.

“My father is Mi’kmaw. It seems like that part of our family’s history was not talked about so much before, but I want to recognize my family’s culture and to pass that knowledge on to my children.”

 

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Organizations: Miawpukek First Nation

Geographic location: Conne River, Ontario, Newfoundland North America Canada

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