Last weekend, there were 2 pow wows, which were both held fairly close to Edmonton: Alexis Nakota Sioux First Nation (near Lac Ste. Anne), and Enoch Cree Nation, near the end of Whitemud Drive, in west Edmonton. My grandson and I attended Grand Entry at Enoch, on Saturday night. I first attended Enoch pow wow about 15 years ago, when it was held mid-week, and the old arbour held only a few people. What a change now! There were a few hundred camping units on the site (next to highway 60), and a long lineup for security to check entering cars for drugs, alcohol, and weapons. On the grounds, there were many vendors with food and clothing for sale. We were able to put our blanket down to save a seat in the arbour, but it was very full, in advance of Grand Entry.
It’s hard to describe how powerful it is, when all of the 1-20 drumming groups are playing and singing, and hundreds of dancers and dignitaries fill the ring. There are many different styles of dancing, and the regalia is so amazingly colourful! Take a look and see for yourself. I only use my cellphone to take pictures, so you can get much more amazing photographs if you have a good camera. There will be several more pow wows coming this summer, and several of them will be within 1 hour of Edmonton. It’s well worth your time to visit one.