Kwe', Tansi, She:kon, Aanii, N'it, Wachiya, Asujutilli, Hello,
And Welcome to
X University Pow Wow 2021
HONOURING OUR PAST, REACHING FOR THE FUTURE
JOIN US SEPTEMBER 24TH
We are so excited to have the Ryerson Pow Wow back for 2021! Due to COVID-19, we have moved the Pow Wow to an online, digital event. Our goal is to provide a space for the community to gather and share safely.
Look forward to a full week of programming that ends with our live-streamed Pow Wow.
We can’t gather in person so we will be creating a space to come together online. Our digital Pow Wow will feature a live-chat and several ways for community members to share. We will be putting a call out for video submissions to share a message on the digital Pow Wow page and will be using social media so we can connect in real time.
Indigenous peoples have been gathering since time immemorial but gathering and ceremonies were ruled illegal under the Indian Act. Contemporary Pow Wows are occasions for nations, families, and friends to gather, celebrate, dance, share news and trade. Drumming accompanies different dance styles like the Jingle Dress dance, Fancy Shawl, Traditional, Grass. The dancer’s Regalia reflects their dance style and is often lovingly created with help from the community or passed on from generations.
Pow Wow Protocol
The Grand Entry is the official opening of the Pow Wow, often lead by veterans, Flag Carriers and Head Dancers. As a sign of respect, standing and removing hats is the protocol during this opening (unless one’s ability or mobility is preventative).
The Master of Ceremonies or M.C. helps run the Gathering by announcing singers, drummers, and dancers. They conduct the Gathering, provide historical significance of each dance, and will notify attendees of Honour Songs that require standing.
Regalia is the clothing that dancers wear. It is not a costume. Regalia is often spiritually or historically significant: either handed down through generations, handmade by family members, or meticulously crafted by the individual. Never touch someones Regalia. Regalia has deep personal and ceremonial significance.
The Drums provide the heartbeat of a Gathering. Some drums have traditions that dictate when and where they can be played, while “Drums” can also refer to the group of performers. Do not attempt to play or touch without permission.
Photographs of the dances are generally permissible, however one should never take a close-up photo of a dancer without first asking. If in doubt, find an organizer and ask. If a sacred event is taking place, the MC will announce that photos are not permitted.
Sound recordings of the drums require permission from the performers.
Some songs are also sacred and should not be audio recorded without permission.
Alcohol and Substance use is strictly forbidden. Pow Wows are sacred and sober events.
No pets are allowed on the Powwow grounds. Service animals are to remain leashed.
POW WOW STREAM
JOIN US SEPTEMBER 24TH
This year's Vendor Market launches September 20th 2021. Stay tuned.
A full Education Week will include pre-recorded and live videos, workshops and panels everyday. Our Pow Wow will be a live-streamed film which will feature Dancers, Drum Groups, M.C.’s and more. Our Virtual Marketplace is online and helps you shop your favourite vendors! For more information on our events, click here.