INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION POW WOW

The heart of our festival is our competition Pow Wow. Drink in the vivid visuals. Let your heartbeat match the drumbeat!

SATURDAY JUNE 22, 12 NOON & 6 PM • SUNDAY JUNE 23, 12 NOON

Our competition Pow Wow attracts 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!

PRESENTED BY

PRESENTING SPONSORS

Bank of Montreal

Nelson Tagoona

NELSON TAGOONA

Fusing elements of traditional Inuit throat singing with live looping and standard beat boxing, Nelson Tagoona has created a sound that honors his culture, embraces technology and resonates with audiences across the world.

2019 HEAD STAFF
Host Drum: Whitefish Jrs | Co-Host: High Ridge
MC: William Constant | Co-MC: Wesley King
Arena Director: Jordan Williams White Eye
Head Drum Judge: Jeremy Doxtator
Head Dance Judge: Charles Belisle
Head Male Dancer: Talon Thunder Whiteye
Head Female Dancer: Sophia Lynn Thurman
Hand Drum Contest Head Judge: Arnold Alexis
Pow Wow Coordinator: Dale Matasawagon
All Tabulating done by: C&T Tabulating

POW WOW POINTERS & TIPS

WHAT IS A POW WOW?

A Pow Wow is a celebration of life, a gathering, where we come together to celebrate, share, sing, dance, eat and have some good laughs with friends new and old.

Everyone welcome!

SUMMER SOLSTICE COMPETITION POW WOW INFORMATION

DRUM/DANCE CONTEST
Points start Saturday, June 22nd
Drum Roll Call 11:45am

DRUM COMPETITION
1st $10,000
2nd $4000
3rd $2500
4th $1500

DANCE COMPETITION
Men’s & Women’s (60+ open)
Combined Categories
1st $1000
2nd $800
3rd $500

Dale Matasawagon,
Pow Wow Coordinator:
info@ottawasummersolstice.ca

Vendor information:
registrations@ottawasummersolstice.ca

NOTE
No on-site camping is available.

Pow Wow Agenda

Saturday June 22, 2019

9:00am – 12:00 noon Registration for singers and dancers

11:45am Drum Roll Call

12:00pm Grand Entry
• Grand Entry Song,
• Flag Song
• Veterans Song

1:00pm Drum and Dance Competition Begins
• Excuse Jr. and Sr. Adult categories; remind Adult Men’s/Women’s of the specials.
• Tiny tots
• Golden (60+)
• Juniors (6-12)
• Teens (13-17)
• Jr. Boy’s Special all categories 6-12 (sponsored by Sophia Lynn Thurman)
• Women’s Traditional Special all ages (sponsored by Sophia Lynn Thurman)
• Men’s Woodland Special 18+ (sponsored by the Matasawagon family)

5:00pm Supper Break
• Hand Drum Contest Round 1 (sponsored by Jeremy Doxtator)

6:00pm Grand Entry

6:30pm Drum and Dance Competition Begins
• Sr. Adult (40-59)
• Jr. Adult (18-39)
• Men’s Traditional Special 18+ (sponsored by Talon White Eye)
• Men’s Fancy Iron Man (18+) (committee special)
• Women’s Fancy Iron Woman (18+) (committee special)
• Hand Drum Contest Round 2 (sponsored by Jeremy Doxtator)
Powwow concludes for the day

Sunday June 23, 2019

12:00pm Grand Entry:
• Grand Entry Song
• Flag Song
• Veterans Song

1:00pm Drum and Dance Competition Begins:
• All categories.
• Men’s Traditional Sneak-Up Special 18+ (sponsored by Sonny Papatie)
• Women’s Jingle Special 18+ (sponsored by Kara Kennedy)
• Teen Grass 13-17 Special (sponsored by Tristan Dreaver)
• Hand Drum Contest Final Round (sponsored by Jeremy Doxtator)
• Giveaway (Jeremy Doxtator and Family)

5:00pm Closing Ceremonies
• Announcement of Competition Winners

5:45pm Retire the colors

6:00pm Powwow concludes for the day

POW WOW DANCE CATEGORIES

Men’s Traditional

This dancer wears a single eagle feather bustle. This traditional dancer symbolizes a warrior in battle, hunting, gathering. They may hold dance sticks and decorated war clubs.

Women’s Traditional
Bank of Montreal
This dancer has a long dress, mostly leather with intricate and extensive beadwork and long fringes. Their dance is slower and has a regal quality as they represent our Mother Earth and Grandmother Moon. They carry an eagle feather fan and folded shawl over their arm.

Men’s Grassdance
Long ago men would prepare the dance grounds by flattening the grassy area with a swinging kind of rhythmic style of dance. Their outfit has long fringes that emphasize their swaying style of dance.

Women’s Jingle

This style of dance is known as the healing dance. A medicine man had a vision of this dress adorned with many jingles as a way to heal a sick relative. This dress was made and the woman danced for the sick person and the person healed. Men’s Fancy Bustle – This dancer wears two very colourful bustles on his back and has the fastest style. Competition represents an endurance feat, flashy eye–catching moves and the ability to stop on time to trick songs.

Women’s Fancy Shawl
Known as the butterfly dance, a legend exists of a young woman who lost her husband to war, fell into a spiral and curled up like a cocoon only to transform into a colourful butterfly. Her shawl is a big part of her outfit and has brilliant design colours. She displays rapid fancy footwork.

POW WOW DRUM CATEGORIES SPONSORED BY

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