Success monster for the 5th Pow-Wow of Pikogan

The traditional dancers were very many in the arena of the Pow-Wow of Pikogan.

Photos by TC Media – Martin Guindon

The traditional dancers were very many in the arena of the Pow-Wow of PIkogan, Saturday.

Photos by TC Media – Martin Guindon

The women and the children dance to the Pow-Wow of Pikogan.

Photos by TC Media – Martin Guindon

The traditional dancers were very many in the arena of the Pow-Wow of Pikogan, Saturday.

Photos by TC Media – Martin Guindon

The traditional dancers were many in the arena of the Pow-Wow of PIkogan.

Photos by TC Media – Martin Guindon

The dance of the elders with Oscar Kistabish, Rose Wylde, and seniors are invited.

Photos by TC Media – Martin Guindon

The traditional dancers were very many in the arena of the Pow-Wow of Pikogan, Saturday.

Photos by TC Media – Martin Guindon

The traditional dancers were very many in the arena of the Pow-Wow of Pikogan, Saturday.

Photos by TC Media – Martin Guindon

The children were also many to dance in the arena of the Pow-Wow of Pikogan, Saturday.

Photos by TC Media – Martin Guindon

The traditional dancers were very many in the arena of the Pow-Wow of Pikogan, Saturday.

Photos by TC Media – Martin Guindon

The traditional dancers were also very many in the arena of the Pow-Wow of Pikogan, Saturday.

Photos by TC Media – Martin Guindon

The traditional dancers were very many in the arena of the Pow-Wow of Pikogan, Saturday.

Photos by TC Media – Martin Guindon

The traditional dancers were very many in the arena of the Pow-Wow of Pikogan, Saturday.

Photos by TC Media – Martin Guindon

The traditional dancers were very many in the arena of the Pow-Wow of Pikogan, Saturday.

Photos by TC Media – Martin Guindon

The traditional dancers were very many in the arena of the Pow-Wow of Pikogan, Saturday.

Photos by TC Media – Martin Guindon

Chef David Kistabish was again preached by example, taking part in the traditional dances in the arena at the Pow-Wow of Pikogan, Saturday.

Photos by TC Media – Martin Guindon

The traditional dancers were very many in the arena of the Pow-Wow of Pikogan, Saturday.

Photos by TC Media – Martin Guindon

The Pow-Wow of Pikogan continues to grow and is coming off a 5th edition record, attracting crowds and participants, Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 June.

“This is our biggest edition to date. There has never been much of traditional dancers in the arena. It was 275 this year compared to 198 last year. They came from everywhere in Quebec, but also Ontario, Manitoba and from as far away as British Columbia. We never had so many visitors since the beginning. We are really proud”, stresses Kenny Ruperthouse, one of the instigators with Brenda Rankin and Isabelle Mapachee.

It must be said that the weather was on the side of the community Abitiwinni this year, although the organizers have had to move the festivities in the arena Sunday morning, while the wind wanted to tear the tent. “It started to be fine immediately after. But he had to make a decision and our first concern was the safety of the people”, said Mr. Ruperthouse.

Thanks to the ancestors

For this celebration of the traditions and culture of the anishinabe, the sacred fire was lit at dawn Saturday morning, and then it was off to the end of the Pow-Wow on Sunday. The grand entry in the arena, a spiritual moment fort with its rituals and its protocol, has been particularly spectacular. Especially with the 275 dancers, men and women of all ages, including many children, dressed in their clothes of traditional dance (regalia), under the lively rhythms of eight groups of drums.

The 5th Pow-Wow of Pikogan focused on the theme of the seven major sacred teachings. “This Pow-Wow is for the healing of the world who need it,” said Rose Wylde, at the prayer of the elders. “We’re going to dance for two days to thank our ancestors,” she said to the elder, Oscar Kistabish.

This year, the dancers head were Jeffrey Papatie and Brittney Shki-Giizis, the director of arena André Papatie, the Drum Host Charging Horse, Peterborough, Ontario, with the support of Black Bear Singer of Manawan.

Competitions, and jam session

On Saturday, Maxime McDougall and his sister Maggie Kistabish have won the race boats tciman, while on Sunday, the contest of a strong man was won by Andrew Kistabish, with a portage of 200 pounds, and that of a strong woman by Tania Nottaway, with a portage of 100 pounds.

On Saturday night, the jam session was notably attended by the artists, Dylan Perron, Louis-Philippe Gingras, Kevin Broudrias, Atcitamo (back on stage after more than 30 years of absence) and Vertigue. The rapper Samian has not, however, able to be present. “It was a really nice evening. We think to repeat it next year,” says Kenny Ruperthouse.

The latter thanked the Festival of emerging music, for his involvement this year, particularly in the development of the large letters in the centre of the town of Amos, and on the site of the Pow-Wow.

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