Pow Wow time is the Native American people’s way of meeting together, to join in dancing, singing, visiting, renewing old friendships and make new ones.

This is a time to renew thought of the old ways and to preserve a rich heritage.
There are several different stories of how the Pow Wow was started. Some believe that the war dance societies of the Ponca and other Southern Plains tribes were the origin of the Pow Wow.

Another belief is that when the Native Americans were forced onto reservations the government also forced them to have dances for the public to come and see.

Before each dance they were lead through the town in a parade, which is the beginning of the Grand Entry.

For more info:


April 2011

29rd/30th Gathering of Nations Albuquerque, New Mexico ( The Pit ) www.gatheringofnations.com (yay back in the pit this year)


May 2011

21st/22nd Hiawatha First Nations, Ontario 17 annual Traditional Powwow    www.hiawathafirstnation.com/calendar/index.html

27th/28th/29th Odawa, Ottawa Ontario    www.odawa.on.ca/powwow.htm


June 2011

4th/5th Kitigan Zibi, traditional Powwow Mannewaki Qc    www.kza.qc.ca/powwow/schedule.htm

17th/18th  North Bay Friendship Centre, Powwow, North Bay On

17th/18th/19th Summer Solstice Competition Powwow, Ottawa, Ontario  (new powwow very excited!!)


July 2011

1st/2nd/3rd  Mawiomi, Halifax Commons (last year it was call the Membertou 400 Powwow.

It was supposed to be a one time only but was such a HUGE success (our favourite powwow of the year) they are now planning on an annual powwow.

2nd/3rd Sheguiandah, Monitoulin Island Ontario

9th/10th Kahnawake, Powwow Kahnawake, Qc    www.kahnawakepowwow.com

16th/17th  Scugog,  Powwow Port Perry, Ontario  www.scugogfirstnation.com

23th/24th  Six Nations Powwow Grand River, Ont  www.grpowwow.com

30th/31st   Wendake, Powwow Quebec, Qc  www.wendakepowwow.webs.com

30th/31/1st   Wikwemikong, Manitoulin Island Ontario (51th Powwow)  www.wikwemikongheritage.org/site/home.html


August 2011

2th/5th Serpent River Heritage Week Location: Serpent River First Nation, Cutler, ON
Directions: First Nation located halfway between Sudbury & Sault Ste. Marie on Hwy 17 at the Big Teepee
Contact: Band Office 705-844-2418 during business hours

6th/7th Annual Serpent River Traditional Pow-wow Location: Serpent River First Nation, Cutler, ON
Directions: First Nation located halfway between Sudbury & Sault Ste. Marie on Hwy 17 at the Big Teepee
Grand Entry: Sat 12:00 & 7:00 pm; Sun 12:00 pm Contact: Band Office 705-844-2418 during business hours.

5th/7th Long Lake #58 First Nation 2nd Annual Traditional Gathering, Ontario

6th/7th  Atikamekw of Manawan Powwow, Manawan, Quebec

6th/7th  Listiguj Traditional Powwow. Moffets Landing, Quebec

12th/14th Grand Portage Rendezvous Days Celebration Pow-wow
Location: Grand Portage Pow-wow Grounds (Store Rd. & Eliza Rd.) Grand Portage, Minnesota, USA 55605
Contact: 1-800-543-1384
Email: Kenneth Cyrette at kcyrette@confederationc.on.ca

13th/14th Saugeen First Nation 40th Competition Pow-wow
Location: James Mason Centre, Saugeen First Nation located just outside Southampton, ON
Grand Entry: Both days at 1pm
Feast: Sat. at 5pm
Contact: Clint Root or Renee (519)797-1973
Email: Clinton.renee@sympatico.ca

13th/14th   Tyendinaga Powwow     Tyendinaga Ontario  www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=25060637501

20th/21th Algonquins of Pikwakanagan Traditional Pow-wow
Location: 2 km off Hwy 60. Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation, Golden Lake, ON
Grand Entry: 12 noon on both days. Rough camping available
Admission: $5 ; 12 yrs under Free
Vendors: Craft Vendors: $125; Food Vendors: $175 very limited space.
Contact: Jane Commanda (613) 625-2800 Ext #231
Email: assistantlandsandmembership@pikwakanagan.ca
Website: algonquinsofpikwakanagan.ca

20th/21th Wahnapitae First Nation 16th Annual Traditional Pow-wow
Location: Wahnapitae First Nation, Wahnapitae, Ontario via Capreol, Ontario
Directions: 52 km north of Sudbury (just past Capreol, ON)
Grand Entry: Sat. 1pm & 7pm; Sun. 1pm
Registration: 11 am – 2:00 pm Honorarium and meals distributed daily for registered dancers
Host Drum: Whitetail Cree
Co-host Drum: Black Bear
Invited: Smoke Trail
Invited Hand drum: Ode'min Kwe
Events: All dancers welcome with honorarium
Contact: WFN Band Office (705) 858-0610 (business hours)
Website: wahnapitaefirstnation.com

26th/27th 7th Annual French River Metis Rendez-vous
Location: Joe Chartrand Park Grounds, St-David St. North, (Hwy#535) in Noelville, ON
Opening Ceremonies: 11:00 a.m. Smudging, Opening prayer and Hand Drumming, Posting of the Flags, Words of Wisdom,
Words of welcome, Guest Speakers.(TBA) Invited guests, traditional Métis Music & Dancing.
MC: Ron Poulin, Fiddler: Gaetan Serré. Other talented musicians.
Events: Entertainment starts at noon, Métis fiddling and music. Various Activities for the kids: ie, face painting,story telling and teachings, games, crafts etc, Food and refreshment to be served ,Vendors tables. 5p.m Raffle and various Draws followed by Closing Ceremonies. We hope you come and enjoy the good food, the great music and the fantastic company. Bring your own chairs, bring a couple of friends, come join the celebration!
Vendors: Craft vendors tables $10 each, Declaration: Drug and alcohol-free event. Pets not allowed in the park.
Contact: Joan at 705-898-1250 Ruth @ 705-867-2035, Email: R&G Gauthier, rg.gauthier@gmail.com

27th, 1st Annual Mattagami First Nation Powwow "Homecoming Gathering"
Location: Mattagami First Nation is located 2 1/2 hours North of Sudbury, ON and 1 hour South of Timmins, ON
Grand Entry @ 12pm and @ 7pm
Host Drum: The Poplar's, Co-host Drum: Whitetail Cree Singers
Invited Drums: Little Iron & Smoketrail Singers
Male Head Dancer: TBA, Female Head Dancer: Dawn McKenzie
Youth Head Dancers: Clifton Mianskum and Deidra Boissoneau, MC: Lester Mianskum
Area Director: TBA, Feast: SAT at 5pm
Vendors Welcomed - $40.00 vendors permit which includes 1 table (to be paid in full by cash or money order), Everyone Welcomed to Attend
Declaration: This is a drug and alcohol FREE gathering, Free Rough Camping
Contact information: Janet Mckay, Powwow Coordinator @ 1-888-269-7729.

15th Annual Zhiibaahaasing First Nation Pow-wow, Theme: "Honoring Mother Earth"
Location: Pow-wow grounds, Silverwater, centre of the community, west end of Manitoulin Island, ON. S
tay on HYW 540. Turn onto Sheshegwaning road follow all the way to Zhiibaahaasing First Nation. Home of the World's Largest Peace Pipe, Drum and Outdoor Dream Catcher.
Grand Entry: Sat. 1:00 & 7:00 pm, Sun. 12 pm
Feast: Feast Saturday at 5pm everyone welcome. Breakfast Saturday and Sunday 7-9am.
MC: Gerard Sagassisge, Admission Fee: FREE, Vender Fee: FREE
Special Events/ Feature: Live entertainment during supper break 5-7pm, Evening Bingo Saturday 9pm
Special declarations: No Alcohol, Drugs, or Pets; On Site Showers.
Contact: 1-800 216 8012 during business hours
Information contact: Email: Bobbi-Sue Kells; bobbie_36@hotmail.com; Crystal Sagon; crystal_sagon@hotmail.com;
Face book: Group Name "Zhiibaahaasing 15th Annual Pow-wow"

27th/28th Kanehsatake, powwow Quebec

27th/28th Chibougamau, traditional Powwow



September 2011

2th/4th, 15th Annual Wemotaci Pow Wow / 40th Community Anniversary
Traditional Women's Special sponsored by Aaron & Sylvie Benson
Directions: From Montréal, Take Hwy 40 east to Trois-Rivières, Exit 196, take Road 55/155 north along the Majestic St-Maurice River to La Tuque, take Road 25 west to Wemotaci
Contact: Ayami Chilton 819-666 -2588
Email: minnesota79@hotmail.com

3rd/4th Wemotaci powwow

Shinnecock Powwow, Southampton NY.

10th/12th Akwesasne, Powwow near Cornwall, Ontario   www. akwesasnepowwow.com

17th/18th Curve lake, powwow Curve Lake, Ontario



October 2011

1st/2nd  Cambrian College, Powwow Sudbury, Ontario



November 2011

2nd/6th    Manitoabee, Powwow Winnipeg, Manitoba  www.manitoahbee.com

25th/26th/27th    Canadian Aboriginal Festival   Hamilton, Ontario Powwow (used to be Skydome, Powwow) www.canab.com




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