As part of the Aurora Indigenous festival, The New Beginnings Pow Wow will feature traditional dancing, drumming, food and will showcase young and elder multicultural performers in colourful regalia. The Indigenous beat will be kept by the Host Drum Little Creek Singers, and the Co-Host Drum Cold Water Ojibway. Coordinating festivities will be the popular Arena Director Mr. Mawla Shawana and the MC is Mr. Bob Goulais.
A pow wow is a social gathering held by many different native communities, providing Indigenous peoples the opportunity to meet and dance, sing, socialize, and honor their cultures. There is generally a dancing competition, with many different types of traditional dances, music and regalia, often with significant prize money awarded. Pow wows vary in length from a one-day event, to major pow wows called for special occasions, which can be up to one week long. The public is invited, and welcomed to join in circle dances and shop for interesting cultural items.
The host White Pine Dancers welcome all nations to participate in this new Beginnings Pow Wow at Lambert Willson Park, 135 Industrial Parkway North,(near Wellington) in Aurora. The event takes place Saturday June 2 from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.