The heart of our festival is our competition Pow Wow at Vincent Massey Park, June 23-24, 2017.  Extremely visual, this competition Pow Wow attracts some of the best singers and dancers from across Turtle Island (aka: North America) to compete for $75,000 in prizes. An exciting way to experience our rich culture.

NEW TO THE POW WOW?

POW WOW 101

We love hosting new guests at our Pow Wow and helping to share our beautiful traditional and contemporary culture.  For our community, a Pow Wow is a gathering, where we come together to celebrate, share, sing, dance, eat and have some good laughs with friends new and old.  We don’t expect you to know how things work and the best thing to do is always listen to the emcee.  They will announce what is appropriate and when — when you can join in the dance — when you should stand to honour our women or veterans.  You will learn a lot about our culture and community from listening to the emcee.  Another important thing to note is that the drums and dancers have many items that are considered sacred as part of their regalia (outfits) so please be respectful and always ask before touching, and if possible, before taking photos or video.

Grand Entries are not to be missed (when all dancers enter the circle together): Join us Friday, June 23 at 6:00pm | Saturday, June 24 at 12:00 noon  & 6:00pm | Sunday, June 25 at 12:00 noon

 

SUMMER SOLSTICE
International Competition Pow Wow 
with Host Drum BLACK BEAR
Over $75,000 in prizes & non-stop FREE family programming
Head Veteran: Preston E. Tonepahhote
MC: William Constant
Co MC: Ryan McMahon
Arena Director: Shady Hafez
Head Drum Judge: Jeremy Doxtator
Head Dance Judge: Celina Cada-Matasawagon
Head Male Dancer: selected per session
Head Female Dancer: selected per session
All Tabulating done by: C&T Tabulating
REGISTRATION:
Friday June 23/17 5pm to 9pm | Saturday June 24/17 9am to 11:00am (FIRM) 
Drum Roll Call 11:45am.

GRAND ENTRIES:

Friday June 23 6:00pm | Saturday June 24   12:00 noon  & 6:00pm | Sunday June 25 12:00 noon

DRUM/DANCE CONTEST: points start Saturday June 24 
COMMITTEE FRIDAY NIGHT SPECIALS– Friday June 23 TBA

DRUM COMPETITION: 
1st $5000 2nd $4000 3rd $2500 4th $1500

DANCE COMPETITION:
MEN’S & LADIES (60+ open) COMBINED CATEGORIES
1st $1000 2nd $800 3rd $500

Sr. ADULT MEN’S & LADIES (40-59) TRADITIONAL, FANCY, GRASS & JINGLE

1st $1000 2nd $800 3rd $500

Jr. ADULT MEN’S & LADIES (18-39) TRADITIONAL, FANCY, GRASS & JINGLE
1st $1000 2nd $800 3rd $500

TEENS (13-17) TRADITIONAL, FANCY, GRASS & JINGLE
1st $500 2nd $300 3rd $200

JUNIORS (6-12) TRADITIONAL, FANCY, GRASS & JINGLE
1st $200 2nd $150 3rd $100

TINY TOTS paid daily (Sat/Sun) in full regalia (5yrs & under)

SUTHERLAND FAMILY SPECIALS
Saturday Afternoon Session
Adult Women’s Fancy 18 + sponsored by Mariette Sutherland:  $500, $400, $300
Teen Fancy Shawl (13-17) sponsored by Avery Sutherland:  $300, $200, $100
Jr Girls Fancy Shawl (6-12) sponsored by Violet Sutherland: $150, $100, $50

Saturday Evening Session
Adult Men’s Grass 18 + sponsored by Miles Sutherland:  $500, $400 , $300, $200, $100

Sunday Afternoon Session
Adult Men’s Traditional 18+ sponsored by Greg Sutherland: $500 $400 $300 $200 $100


INFORMATION
Dale Matasawagon, Pow Wow Coordinator: powwow@ottawasummersolstice.ca

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