Grey-Bruce students learn of Indigenous culture at mini-Pow Wow

As June begins and with Indigenous Day June 21st, along with the school year about to come to an end, students of Grey-Bruce were invited to attend a mini-youth Pow Wow on June 1st at Saugeen First Nation.

          Pow Wow tents provided shade and surrounded the perimeter where the dancers performed

For many students, it was the first opportunity to attend a Pow Wow and take in first-hand the culture of First Nations indigenous people through song, dance, drumming and story telling.

Men’s drumming and song

Many students watched as dancers performed the Women’s Traditional and the Men’s Traditional dances.

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Women’s Traditional dance

Men’s Traditional Dance

The first mini-student Pow Wow began several years ago at St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Port Elgin but, due to the interest shown, it quickly grew and was moved to the Mason Centre at Saugeen First Nation so that many other schools could have students attend.

Many Saugeen First Nation students attend G. C. Huston Public School, in Southampton and adjacent to Saugeen First Nation, and therefore, the entire school attended the Pow Wow, including the girls’ drumming group.

                                                    G.C. Huston girls drumming


June 21st is Indigenous Day and, G. C. Huston Public School will be hosting a celebration at Zgaa-biig-ni-gan bridge, the bridge over the Saugeen River that connects the two communities of Saugeen First Nation and Southampton (Saugeen Shores).

Also at the school day event was an Engineering Science interactive display by the University of Waterloo and information booth of Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre.