INDIAN BROOK: It was a weekend of sharing culture and tradition for those on the Sipekne’katik First Nation in Indian Brook on July 28-30.

Kallia, daughter of Shyla Augustine, from Elispogtog, N.B. (Healey photo)

From selling beads and dream catchers to drumming and traditional and inter tribal dances, there was plenty of activity celebrating who they are, taking place at the newly built arbour. The weekend culminated in the Closing Grand Entry followed by the big dinner (ham and lobster).

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Reporter Pat Healey was at the event and snapped these photos from the dancing and drumming part of the event on July 29, following the Grand Entry. He also has videos, posted in the video section of our website.

Dancers from several First Nations across the region came to take part in the Powwow, the first held at the new venue built by RCS Construction.

Junior Head Dancer Lucio. (Healey photo)
Four-year-old Dayna Augustine, of Elsipogtog, N.B. was looking pretty in her dance regalia. (Healey photo)

Jennifer Maloney from Sipekne’katik and Trevor Gould of Paqtnkek were the head dancers, while Amelia Marshall from Potlotek and Isaias Lucio from McAllen, Texas were the Junior Head dancers.

Bruce Curliss of Sante Fe, NM and Greg Dreaver of Ottawa were the emcees for the weekend.

Armando Lucio of McAllen, Texas, was the arena director.

Alan Knockwood was the head veteran and Elder Brian “Joe” Francis was the Head Grandfather while the head grandmother was Elder Eileen Brooks. All three are from Sipekne’katik.

Senior Head Dancer Trevor Gould. (Healey photo)
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Patrick Healey
Pat has grown up in East Hants, having called Milford, and now Enfield home. He graduated from the journalism program at Holland College in 2001, and has spent time at newspapers in NL and Alberton and Summerside, PEI before becoming a reporter/photographer at The Weekly Press/The Laker in October 2008. He has a rescue kitty named Asha that is much loved—and spoiled. Pat is also our "social engagement guru." Check him out on twitter!