- The Sitansisk First Nation’s first pow wow in three years, formerly known as Saint Mary’s, drew an estimated 10,000 attendees.
- According to Chief Allan Polchies, there will be a pow-wow in New Brunswick every weekend for the duration of the summer.
An estimated 10,000 people attended the Sitansisk First Nation’s first pow wow in three years, originally known as Saint Mary’s.
Nicole Carty, the coordinator, stated on Sunday that “this has been one of our biggest by far.”
The City of Fredericton closed off a section of Union Street for the first time to make room for greater crowds.
According to Carty, some tour buses arrived, especially for the pow wow.
“Having that closeness all over again is a lovely feeling,” she remarked.
Allan Polchies Jr., the chief of the Sitansisk, couldn’t agree more, claiming that visitors had traveled from Atlantic Canada, Quebec, and Ontario to take in the dancing, drumming, and other traditional performances during the three-day festival.
In an interview, he remarked, “We truly feel proud that we can offer our Wolastoqey culture as well as share it with all of our allies and our friends to join together and lift their spirits.
After a 2-year absence brought on by the epidemic, jingle dancer Stevie-Hall Polchies is overjoyed to perform at the pow wow.
She stated on Sunday, “I’ve been dancing since I was probably four years old, so I’ve been to quite a few (pow wows).”
She smiled as she talked about how it felt to be able to dance at a pow wow for the first time in a long time.
“It feels wonderful! Seeing everyone again is like a beautiful experience. It’s been great to reconnect with everyone and share our culture after a two-year absence.
She used to primarily perform fancy shawl dancing, but she’s back this year wearing a brand-new jingle dress that she’s only ever worn.
“I just wanted to experience how it feels to wear that healing clothing; it’s an entirely different feeling. I’m just more myself, she claimed.
The province’s pow wow season officially begins today.
There will be a pow-wow here in New Brunswick every weekend throughout the entire summer, according to Chief Allan Polchies.
Source: Global News
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