Driftpile Powwow: A celebration of culture!

Well over 1,000 people attended the three-day Driftpile Powwow July 22-24 under blistering hot weather. It did not deter hundreds of dancers from all over western Canada of all ages and sexes including Tiny Tots to Seniors from competing for prizes and honouring their culture. The highlight of the powwow is the grand entry – several were held during the weekend – which invites everyone into the circle to celebrate and heal. Outside the arena, where dancing was held, many vendors provided food, beverages and products of all kinds for shoppers.

Driftpile Cree Nation Chief Dwyane Laboucan addresses the audience as the host Nation.
The grand entry displays the flags of various First Nations leading the colourful ceremony.
Men line up behind each other at the grand entry before competing in various categories for prizes.
Kylie Lapatak, of Saddle Lake, was one of many colourful entries in jingle dress.
Organizations are invited to take part in the grand entry. One such group was the Driftpile women who promote the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women cause.
A huge tent was set up to accommodate vendors which drew many shoppers. Left-right are family members Nikosis Isadore, Neena Zacharia, and her husband, Stan Isadore.

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