Pine Point Pow Wow
Drummers, dancers, and onlookers all are welcome to attend this year's Pine Point Traditional Pow Wow. From Friday, Aug. 7, to Sunday, Aug. 9, enjoy a weekend's worth of cultural customs and exciting activities just half a mile west of Pine Point School in Ponsford.
"Last year was the most dancers we've ever had," Spiritual Advisor Mike Swan said. "It was a great pow wow. We expect it to get bigger this year."
Events begin at noon on Friday with the annual Rez dog show, followed by a Demo Derby at 5 p.m.
Saturday starts early with a 5k Run/Walk dedicated in memoriam to spiritual elder Joe Bush, which will begin at 8:30 a.m. The day's flag-raising will take place at 10 a.m., and there will be a feast at 5. Grand entry will be at both 1 and 7 p.m.
Sunday continues with a flag-raising at 10, the Rez car parade at 11, grand entry at 1, and a final meal to be received at payout.
Singing and dancing will run through all three days of the pow wow. Native food and craft booths will be set up for the course of the weekend, and there will be a princess and brave contest, as well.
Organizers for Pine Point's pow wow are also putting together a remembrance for those killed in the Fourth of July car crash on Highway 37.
Mickey Hodges will be emceeing the pow wow, Smokey Hills will serve as the host drum, and the Arena Director will be Butch Roberts.
Family flags are welcome for the weekend; drugs, alcohol and colors, however, are not allowed at the pow wow, which will focus on community and family.
Camping areas and showering facilities will be available, but it is recommended that attendees bring their own chairs. The pow wow is entirely free and open to the public.
To contact Swan for more information, call 218-573-2154 or 218-573-3007.