The White Tail Cree Drum, featured above, are part of the fun to be had at this weekend’s Gathering at the Rapids.
Algoma University, with the help of the Shingwauk Anishinaabe Students’ Association, have organized a community competition pow wow to celebrate life-long learning. The event will be held at the George Leach Centre on Algoma U.’s campus on March 5th and 6th, 2011.
The three-day long pow wow is entitled Gathering at the Rapids, a celebration that highlights Anishinaabe culture through a variety of traditional and contemporary events.
Before the actual pow wow begins, Algoma University will host sixth grade students from the Algoma District School Board and the Huron Superior Catholic District School Board for their education day that runs from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
The first grand entry of dancers starts on Saturday, March 5th, at 1:00 pm. A second grand entry will take place at 7:00 pm that evening, and a third on Sunday, March 6th at noon. A variety of Anishinaabe craft and traditional food vendors will be present. Admission and parking is free and interested parties are welcome and encouraged to come and go throughout the weekend.
Roger Daybutch is the master of ceremonies. Host drum duties will be handled by the aforementioned White Tail Cree Drum from North Bay, along with the rammy nominated Bear Creek Singers, and Elk Spirit Singers.
It promises to be a true celebration, in every sense of the word.