Powwow in Fort Erie, Ontario - "Gathering at the Waters"
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Since a long time I tried to see another powwow in order to add it to our Internet travel guide.
So I was really happy when I read that in Fort Erie a summer powwow will be celebrated for the first time on the grounds of the old fort. It was named "Gathering at the Waters".
Unfortunately, heavy rain was pouring down when I was getting ready to drive to Fort Erie. For that reason I checked the Internet - no change to the schedule or of the location!
When I arrived at the old fort, not a single participant was there. For that reason I drove to the "Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre". As expected the parking lot was already filled up and many aboriginal people in traditional costumes were busy setting everything up in a hall.
I could not be mad with the organizers, because powwows are not celebrated as tourist attractions but for renewing friendships between the participating native people, to promote culture and tradition by involving the youngsters.
As you can see they enjoyed it - at least those who participated.
A veteran greets the drummers
The drummers were sitting within a circle which was used later by the dancers.
The official opening ceremony was still to co come and the time was used for greetings and exchanging news. Obviously many participants came from the USA.
I was aware that taking pictures or filming was not allowed during the opening ceremony and during other sacred acts.
Most of the drummers who were also singing appeared in casual clothing.
Some of the ladies introduce themselves. One of them is a princess.
All announcements were done from here.
I came 1984 from Europe and I still have serious problems to identify natives. Some of them have even blond hair, others look to me like people from Asia and others like normal North Americans to me.
I learned that they are not healthier than we are - they even suffer more from certain diseases.
Unfortunately, this applies to a good friend who is still young and needs now extensive medical treatments. He never did anything wrong and always lived healthy.
All the children behaved very well and it was a pleasure watching them
Crafts and art work of the native people from North America
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