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.
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).
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.
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.