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Blackfoot Culture to be showcased at Waterton

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Grand Entry at the Blackfoot Arts & Heritage Festival 2011 Powwow at Waterton Lakes National Park with the Prince of Wales Hotel in the background. Grand Entry at the Blackfoot Arts & Heritage Festival 2011 Powwow at Waterton Lakes National Park with the Prince of Wales Hotel in the background. Photo by Trevor Page

Blackfoot culture will be on display at Waterton Lakes Park in August 6-8 at the second annual Blackfoot Arts & Heritage Festival.


The festival will kick off at 7 p.m. on Heritage Day, August 6, with the opening of the art exhibit and an artists’ meet and greet at the Waterton Community Centre. Everyone is welcome to attend the event. Blackfoot artwork, handicraft, jewelry and regalia will be on display with many of the items available for sale.
On Aug. 7, the day’s activities will begin at 11 a.m. with music and dance performances and storytelling at the Waterton Community Centre. Art and crafts will be on display again throughout the day. At 2 p.m., there will be a film showing.
The International Peace Park Powwow will be held in the adjacent sports field with Grand Entry at 4 p.m. Drummers and dancers from across Canada and the U.S. will showcase the best of powwow culture. This year’s head dancers are Wayne Plume and Diana Weasel Head from the Blood Reserve.
Immediately following the Grand Entry, Parks Canada’s Christy Gustavison will be honoured at a Blackfoot naming ceremony in recognition of her support for the annual festival.
On Wednesday, Aug. 8, music, dance performances and storytelling will continue at the Waterton Community Centre from 11 a.m. with art and craft remaining on display and sale. There will be another film shown at 2 p.m.
In 2011, the first year of the festival, there were close to 400 in attendance for each day of the powwow.

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