Powwow at Lakeshore Campus ‘a celebration of life’

Demonstration dancer in regalia for the Culture Days powwow at Humber’s Lakeshore campus, September 26. (Photo: Shannon Lucas)

Shannon Lucas
News Reporter 

The drums were booming, the singing was powerful and the regalia was every colour of the rainbow.

A crowd gathered at Humber’s Lakeshore campus on Saturday to join in an Aboriginal powwow for Culture Days, a festival celebrating cultures since 2009.

“Culture Days is a community celebration and social,” said Grace Esquega, of Humber’s Aboriginal Resource Centre.

The crowd eventually joined the native dancers in the powwow in Colonel Samuel Smith Park on Sept. 26.

Its main goal was to “provide cultural awareness,” Esquega added. Humber’s Aboriginal Resource Centre accomplished this by providing the demonstration dancers. They also gave explanations of the regalia and drumming and a dream catcher workshop at the powwow.

“For Native People across the Americas, the powwow is a celebration of life,” said Shelley Charles, Humber’s Aboriginal Elder on campus. “Through song, dance, connecting and building relationships with all people, all of creation.”

Attendees were asked to participate in the dancing and listen to sacred stories throughout the event.

“I hope they really learn and have a different perspective. Most importantly, learn about our culture and storytelling,” said Esquega.

This was the first powwow for some guests.

“It’s really interesting, I feel like I’ve learned so much. I really loved making my own dream catcher,” said Caleigh Clements, 20, a student at OCAD.

“They have a beautiful culture and it needs to be preserved and respected.”

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