Saturday, January 21, 2012

2012 Napi Pow Wow ongoing this weekend

Young Dancer at the Napi Pow Wow
C. Davis photos/video
Chris Davis

The 40th annual Napi Pow Wow is taking place this weekend at Pincher Creek's Community Hall.  Hundreds of dancers and onlookers crowded the hall on Friday night for the first of three days of festivities, including dancing, special presentations, drumming, food, and community.  The Napi Board and Volunteers were honoured for their commitment to providing resources to urban First Nations people in Pincher Creek.

The event kicked off with a Grand Entry, and after that MCs Earl Old Person and Hal Eagle Tail kept things rolling smoothly.  The Calgary Stampede's 2012 Native Village Queen Amelia Crowshoe, who grew up in Piikani-Blackfoot culture, gave a brief speech.  Quinton Crowshoe addressed the crowd and explained some of the important work Napi does in the community.

Of course, there was plenty of dancing, drumming, and singing, including Specials and Honour Dances.  Competition and Tiny Tots dancing will be featured on Saturday and Sunday.  A total of $10,000 is up for grabs in the drum competition, to be divided between the top four drum groups. There will be a Grand Entry on Saturday and Sunday at 1 pm, and an additional Grand Entry on Saturday at 7:00 pm.

More photos and videos to follow, for now here's a taste of the sights and sounds, led by the White Feather Drum Group:

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