An ancient practice, a dance, a gathering, a cultural affirmation… a Pow Wow is all of these things! But most importantly, it’s a unique moment of great sharing. Here are a few elements to help you understand what a Pow Wow today is like, including the regalia used and the dances themselves.
For Indigenous people, the Pow Wow is a way to affirm their culture through the generations. It represents solidarity between Nations. Pow Wows are not only open to all Indigenous communities, they are open to non-natives as well. This annual gathering is still very important today, as it brings people together; it’s a unique opportunity to experience and share culture and traditions during weekends in the summer—from May to September—in 30 or so Indigenous communities across Quebec.