Saugeen holds 45th annual
Pow Wow

by Sandy Lindsay

August 8, 2016


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Warrior Martin Kewageshig

Visitors lined the dance area with the Mason Centre as a backdrop

Flag bearers wait to lead the Grand Entrance
(L-R) Veteran Samuel Hearn (who fought in Viet Nam), Chief Lester Anaquot, Veteran Orland Solomon (2nd Battalion Royal Cnd. Regiment) & Ron Nashkewa
(Bill Mandawoub,  Ben Nashkewa are in back row unseen)

Hundreds of visitors attended the 45th annual Saugeen Ojibwa First Nation Pow Wow held at the James Mason Centre at Saugeen First Nation Reserve.

Newly elected Chief, Lester Anaquot, welcomed everyone to the celebration and also explained that Saugeen's traditional territory had encompassed the lands from Goderich to Tobermory.  "In 1954, the 1836 Treaty was signed away and the remainder of the Bruce Peninsula was surrendered.  Today, we have a working relationship with the nuclear industry and now own 34 per cent of the transmission line to Milton.  This is the first agreement of its kind in Ontario, if not all of Canada.  After this recent election, we have some very educated and some very experienced people on Council and we are looking at the future with hope and for prosperity for our young people."

Chief Lester Anaquot holds the Saugeen Eagle staff (L) with Orland Solomon who represented Veterans having served in the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment

Under sunny skies, dancers from across Ontario and the northern United States took part in dance competitions that included the women's jingle and butterfly dancing and the men's traditional among  many others.

Every dance over the two days was lead by the head dancers of Jennifer Cumming and Chop Waindubace. 

Head Dancers

Jennifer Cummings and Chop Waindubace

While many visitors attended the celebration to see the dancers in their full regalia, it was also the opportunity to sample traditional dishes such as corn soup and bannock and to browse the many hand-crafted items presented by vendors.

Young jingle and butterfly dancers

Visiting 'Royalty'

(L) Rowena William Sarnia Aamjwngang Ambassador, Little Miss Southeast Michigan and Kiona Plain, Jr. Miss Sarnia Ambassador








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'Little Miss Southeast Michigan' Phoenix Cottrelle Rainah Nawash of Saugeen takes her jingle dancing seriously
Young ones are encouraged to participate

Jingle dance sisters Eden and Courage Root hold hands while dancing 

Jr. dancer is a whirl of colour ...

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