Aboriginal pow wow inspires children and youth

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The 13th Annual Ottawa Children and Youth Traditional Pow Wow took place from March 27-28 at Carleton University. A pow wow is a gathering of cultures, a way for Aboriginals and non-Aboriginals to come together and honour Aboriginal culture and traditions. Characterized by dancing and throat singing, the young and the elderly are given the opportunity to celebrate age-old traditions.

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Through celebration and dance, Aboriginals and non-Aboriginals came together to honour culture and traditions.

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A.J. Elliott from Whitefish Lake First Nation has been participating in the children’s pow wow since the age of three as a grass dancer. At the event, he wore colourful Aboriginal regalia. The fringes are meant to be reminiscent of grass flowing in the wind.

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Willy Bruce from the National Aboriginal Veterans Association is a carrier of the Aboriginal Veterans’ Eagle Staff.

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For the jingle dance, girls wear the jingle dress- it serves the purpose of healing.

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A woman displays a fancy shawl with rare eagle feathers.

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Hand-made silver jewellery made from Tibetan silver.

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A display of mocassins lines the vending booth.

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Authentic Aboriginal crafts made by Jean Verdon.

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Dream catchers sold by What Knots, a line of native crafts made by Wesley and Lori Havill.

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The Odawa Native Friendship Centre and Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health displayed information booths to raise awareness on health issues relevant to their communities, such as Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

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A close-up of Wagano Centre for Aboriginal Health’s information booth.

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