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Family Day Powwow
Celebrate family, heritage and history with a live powwow performance. The hour-long event will feature kinîmihitonâwaw (They All Dance) Dance Troupe, the Yellow Creek Singers and MC Jeff Cappo. Please note that Megamunch will be unavailable at this time.
Jeff Cappo is a well-known and active leader who has made many contributions both within and beyond the Indigenous Community. He began his passion for sharing Indigenous Culture at a very young age. Since then, Jeff has performed and/or emceed pow-wows and events across Canada. Jeff continues to be active in showcasing, sharing, and creating cultural awareness for his people, among many other community leadership endeavors. Jeff is an educator teaching in the secondary field, specializing in Indigenous studies.
kinîmihitonâwaw (They All Dance) Dance Troupe | Dance Troupe Leader: Amelia Friday | Indigenous powwow dancing is a beautiful and powerful art form that is deeply rooted in Indigenous culture and traditions. For many Indigenous peoples, powwows are a way to connect with their heritage and ancestors, and to celebrate their identity and community.
The performance of Indigenous powwow dancers is also an important part of decolonization, as it challenges the pervasive stereotypes and misconceptions that have been perpetuated about Indigenous peoples. Through their dancing, Indigenous powwow dancers can showcase the richness and diversity of Indigenous cultures, and to share their stories and traditions with others in a respectful and meaningful way.
In addition to the performance itself, the regalia worn by Indigenous powwow dancers also plays a significant role in telling the stories of Indigenous peoples. Each piece of regalia is carefully crafted and adorned with symbols and designs that have deep cultural and spiritual significance. By sharing the stories behind their regalia, Indigenous powwow dancers are able to help others understand the importance and beauty of their cultural traditions.
Creating safe spaces for everyone in Canadian society is also an important part of decolonization, and Indigenous powwow dancing can help to facilitate this. By sharing their culture and traditions with others, Indigenous powwow dancers can promote understanding and respect between different cultures and communities, and to break down the barriers that have been created by colonization and systemic oppression.
Overall, Indigenous powwow dancing and the telling of stories about regalia are important tools for decolonization and for creating a more inclusive and respectful society for all.