What is a Pow Wow?
term "Pow Wow" originated by the early settlers observed
the gatherings and often heard a particular word that
refers to the Medicine Man. The Medicine Man is a very
important person in the community and he was always
greeted by most of those gathered. This name was heard
at almost all gatherings and was misinterpreted by non-Native
people to mean a gathering.
A Pow Wow is many things to many people. It is a time
to thank the Creator, honour our warriors, meet old
and new friends, share and enjoy the rich heritage and
culture of our people as well as an opportunity to display
or purchase arts and crafts.
The Pow Wow concept has not changed over thousands of
years since their beginnings on the western plains of
Turtle Island (North America). We are told by our Elders
that in the beginning, the gatherings were usually held
in the spring and the fall when people from various
nations would gather. Over the years, the look and style
has evolved to include English as well as other cosmetic
changes such as colourful regalia. However, the cultural
importance for the celebrations have remained the same.
The Pow Wow is an important vehicle for handing down
Native traditions from one generation to the next. It
is also an excellent opportunity for all people to participate
in a vibrant and vital aspect of Aboriginal heritage.