The culture, heritage and pageantry of the 11th annual, Gathering at the Rapids Pow Wow certainly has the “wow” factor.
“The two-day event is a gathering and celebration of Anishinaabe culture through a variety of traditional and contemporary events,” said Margaret Neveau, Anishinaabe Events Coordinator at Algoma University. “The Gathering at the Rapids Pow Wow is an inclusive event that attracts guests of different cultural backgrounds and heritages, who by participating, will gain an enhanced understanding and appreciation of Anishinaabe culture, beliefs, and traditions.”
The colourful two day event is staged by Algoma University, the Anishinaabe Initiatives Division (AID), and the Shingwauk Anishinaabe Students’ Association (SASA) at the George Leach Centre (GLC) during the weekend. Joel Syrette acted as Mater of Ceremonies while Host drum duties were handled by Bear Creek from Sault Ste. Marie. Co-host drum ,Charging Horse from Peterborough and the head veteran was Walker Stonefish.
The Gathering at the Rapids Pow Wow is an initiative that was started by SASA 11 years ago and has become one of the largest pow wows in the immediate Algoma region due to the generous support of various community sponsors such as the Indian Friendship Centre, Turtle Concepts, Métis Nation of Ontario, and Waabinong Head Start.