A blend of beats and colour at pow wow
London Community News
Swirls of colour accented every pounding beat of a traditional drum as Aboriginal dancers from a number of Canadian First Nations communities celebrated their culture during the Native Harvest Festival and Traditional Pow Wow at London’s Museum of Ontario Archaeology this past weekend.
Ringed by various workshops and demonstrations on everything from soapstone carving to cornbread making to lacrosse, a clearing next to the museum was taken over by dancers in costumes of bright and beautiful designs.
They demonstrated pieces such as the men’s traditional, grass and fancy dances and the women’s jingle dress and fancy shawl dances, all to the constant rhythms of a men’s drum circle who blended their voices with the beat of the drum just outside the dance circle.
Hundreds of people came to the annual free event at the museum, which launched Friday (Sept. 14) and wrapped up Sunday.