Batchewana First Nations is celebrating and honouring Mother Earth this weekend. The Rankin Pow Wow Grounds, Batchewana First Nation, Rankin, will be the centre of cultural expression September 4-6,2015. With the theme ‘7 Grandfather Teachings’ guiding the celebrations, aboriginal and non-aboriginal people will come together in an intentional space for sharing and honouring gifts from Creation, celebrating Mother Earth, and gathering together as one human family.
“It is more important than ever for our friends from community and around the world to join us and come and take part in our culture and celebrations.” shared Chief Dean Sayers. “These cultural celebrations help to change perspectives about first nations communities and our stories. Through pow wows we are meeting new friends, and coming together to give thanks to Mother Earth for looking after us.”
Friday night at 7 pm is the first Grand Entry. Everyone is welcome to come out.
Some of the event highlights include a “One man Hand drum special on Friday night, a Jingle Dress Special on Saturday and a Group hand drum Special on Saturday night.” said Harley Syrette, Recreation Activator, Batchewana First Nation.
“There is going to be an Honour Song for our current and previous leaders. We are inviting all of Batchewana First Nations leaders, which includes current and previous Chiefs and Councillors and related family members to come together. The Honour Song will take place sometime between 1 and 5 pm on Saturday.
Harley Syrette further shared that “Mayor Christian Provenzano has confirmed his attendance for the Pow Wow.”
The Pow Wow is free to attend!
Honouring the 7 Grandfather teachings is the theme for The Pow Wow, taking place September 4-6th,2015. Batchewana First Nations. The artistic design of the poster is from the creative mind of Chessa Syrette. These teachings and ceremonies are significant and meaningful. The history of pow wows weaves a rich legacy of stories, legends, cultural expressions through dance, drumming, oral story telling, and teachings.
‘The Creator gave seven Grandfathers, who were very powerful spirits, the responsibility to watch over the people. The Grandfathers saw that people were living a hard life. They sent their helper to spend time amongst the people and find a person who could be taught how to live in harmony with Creation. Their helper went to the four directions to find a person worthy enough to bring to the Grandfathers.’ http://www.thelonghouse.org
“The term “powwow” comes from an Algonquin word for “medicine man” or “he who dreams.” A powwow gathers people together to celebrate life. It does this through song and dance, ceremonies, rituals, and displays of hospitality and unity. Its songs and dances evolve with each generation. Powwows are not a re-enactment of a cultural past. They are the artistic and spiritual expression of an evolving people.
Various stories tell about the powwow’s origins. An Anishnabe (Ojibway) legend describes how the Original Man was lowered to Earth and walked carefully through Creation; his movements would be emulated in the dancers’ steps. A Lakota story tells of a council of nations that convened to seek peace during the mid-1800s. The council ended with games, dances and songs. Songs and dances often come from dreams or from observing nature. For example, the northwestern Ontario jingle dress dance came from a man’s dream. In it, he saw a healing ceremony involving a young woman whose dress bore rows of tubular metal cones made from tobacco tin lids. As she danced, the sick person was healed.’
Typically, a powwow opens each day with the first song during the Grand Entry. Dancers in full regalia enter the circle from the east, near the drums. The dancers are led by a colour guard of Aboriginal veterans who carry the eagle staff and flags. The flag song is sung, followed by the veteran’s song and the sneak-up song (a warrior’s song).
The Pow Wow is free to attend.