Squamish Nation Pow Wow 2011 Preserves First Nations Family Tradition at Capilano Indian Reserve
Form July 8-10, 2011, native Indian bands from BC and elsewhere congregated at a Pow Wow held at the Capilano Indian Reserve in North Vancouver. They come to meet and greet each other and celebrate their culture together at this annual event.
Aboriginal men and women in full regalia danced in the Grand Entry and participated in the Invocation. Later, they competed as individuals in various categories with each other. The modern day Pow Wow is also very much a family affair. The event presents an opportunity to recognize the work and contribution that native women have done for the community. At the same time, the role that the younger ones can play is also very much on the agenda.
Nowadays, many native youths live in urban areas and are increasingly alienated from the Land that the aboriginal society has such an affinity with. The Pow Wow therefore becomes a perfect place for the youngster to reconnect with their cultural identity and way of life, thus preserving the native tradition that goes back to thousands of years.
The Squamish Nation of BC was also one of the Four Host First Nations, a very important partner of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
VIDEO – Squamish Pow Wow 2011 GRAND ENTRY
VIDEO – Squamish Pow Wow 2011 FULL REGALIA
Capilano Indian Reserve, Vancouver, BC
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