Wednesday, 13 February 2013 05:33

Living Sky Casino Powwow should be an outstanding display of culture

Written by  Jessi Gowan
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This year’s Annual Living Sky Casino Pow Wow promises a fantastic lineup of entertainment and proud display of native culture including drum groups and dancers of all ages and styles.

 

The pow wow will take place on Feb. 16-17 at the Stockade and Palliser Pavilion in Swift Current.
“Since this pow wow will kick off the season this year, we are expecting an even better turn out than the 2200+ people that came out last year,” said organizer Trevor Marion. “We’ve got the cream of the crop coming in for this event, so it will make this weekend especially enjoyable.”
It’s a great opportunity for social gathering, since the pow wow will attract friends and relatives from all across the prairies, even into the United States. Since Marion is originally from the Prince Albert area, he is looking forward to seeing some of his family from the north.
“People love coming here, it’s a beautiful place and we have great hotels and restaurants,” he said. “We have more local interest building from last year’s event, so even though we have a smaller population of First Nations people in the local area, we encourage anyone to come out.”
Marion noted that the pow wow is a great opportunity for people who enjoy culture and entertainment, and are open to unique dance styles. Performers and competitors are also around to talk to guests, and answer any questions.
“The more pow wows you attend, the more people you know,” he explained. “It’s beautiful to see. Some pow wows are just gatherings, but we have the budget to offer cash prizes, as well.”
The competition aspect allows groups to win back some of their travel expenses, and Marion enjoys having the opportunity to give back to the community. Throughout the weekend, he anticipates that more than $80,000 in prize money will be awarded.
“This competition is invite only, a showcase of some of the better groups available,” added Marion. “We’ve got dancers ranging from tiny tots to our golden age dancers, in both genders. Everyone has a different style of dance they do, so there will be great variety. It will be a really great time.”

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