Pow-wow on the Coast
Words and photos by Tricia Thomas
Summer is the time to pow-wow across Canada.
The pow-wow circuit includes different nations where celebrations feature beautiful regalia, dancing, singing, the beating of huge drums, traditional foods, crafts and opportunities for socializing and sharing cultural pride.
Although pow-wow culture began on the prairies, coastal BC First Nations have adopted the celebration because it is a healthy gathering that people of all ages and every ethnic background can enjoy.
Many Coast Salish people have mixed heritage and want to embrace all the cultures in their history. And some West Coast artists incorporate their designs into pow-wow regalia.
Cowichan Tribes hosted the Island Cuzzins pow-wow in Duncan in early August. The hundred who attended enjoyed great music, healthy food and visiting with friends and relations.