Saugeen Ojibway Nation celebrates 40th Pow Wow anniversary

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The ladies of 'Fancy Dress' competed

Senior Men like handsome vibrant birds

Saugeen Ojibway Nation (SON) hosted their 40th Pow Wow celebration August 13 and 14 (2011) at Saugeen First Nation in Bruce County.

Dancers of all ages, drummers, singers came from across North America and Mexico to compete in the dance competitions.

Tiny Tot Dancers

Avery Yellowman and sister Siddra Yellowman

'Fancy Dress' dancer in competition twirls like a brilliant butterfly

Regalia worn by the dancers are hand-crafted works of art in brilliant colours and exquisite detail, each symbolic for the owner.

'Golden Age' woman dancers in exquisitely hand-crafted regalia that included incredible porcupine quill beadwork, fringe and attention to detail

Young dancer vibrant with energy

Miss Saugeen (C) Amanda Root, 1st Princess Natalie Root (R) and 2nd Princess Kelsey Diamond (L)



Inter-tribal dance is all-inclusive

Senior Men's dancer in beautiful buckskin

More youth becoming involved

With more than 150 dancers this year, the celebration circle was filled several times over during inter-tribal dances.  Many vendors of traditional hand-made items from Turtle Island also set up booths around the outside of the circle.

"We are very pleased that so many people attended during our 40th celebration," said Chief Randall Kahgee, "both as participants and visitors interested in our traditional music and dancing.  We are also happy to see that many of our young people are wanting to become more involved in the musical traditions of our culture."

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Monday, August 15, 2011