Young women honoured at Chu Chua traditional Pow Wow

13th annual Honouring Young Women Traditional Pow Wow was held at Simpcw Community Hall, Chu Chua

Simpcw First Nation Elder Sam Saul in traditional regalia.

Simpcw First Nation Elder Sam Saul in traditional regalia.

The 13th annual Honouring Young Women Traditional Pow Wow was held at Simpcw Community Hall, Chu Chua, on June 21 to 23.  The grand entries took place on all three days, with host drum White Horse, MC Buck Sheena, and whipman Jules Arnouse.

Dancers from different areas and tribes joined the local people for the festivities.  It was a colourful event – most dancers wore traditional regalia, even the youngest participants were dressed for the occasion.

The Princess Pageant, Tiny Tots Special and Jingle Dress Special were great favourites with the spectators and other participants.

It was a traditional Pow Wow, where all age groups were involved from little ones to Elders  (some close to their 90th birthdays).

The traditional songs and the drumming spread an atmosphere of First Nations traditions throughout the large gathering.

Committee  members worked hard to make the Pow Wow a memorable event, which was appreciated and enjoyed by visitors and local people alike.  Committee members are; Sam Saul, Shelly Loring, Roberta Haller, Allison Eustache and Paula Murphy.

There were many craft tables on display with goods for sale, and a breakfast and dinner was provided on the Saturday and Sunday.

The Pow Wow was a drug and alcohol free event.