The Grand River ‘Champion of Champions’ Pow Wow Committee is a group of highly motivated, community spirited volunteers who have for the past three decades, staged and organized, on behalf of the Six Nations of the Grand River, a Aboriginal Multicultural event. Held annually on the fourth weekend of July, the Champion of Champions Pow Wow promotes rich arts heritage by showcasing ‘pride’ in music, dance, arts and crafts.
Many Native Americans from the United States now participate as well. The forum for this expression in the arts has been coined a “Powwow” and is always presented with the utmost dignity. The event takes place in the open-air, during the afternoon and on into the evening under lights. It’s held at Chiefswood Park, on Highway 54 on the very same grounds that were once part of the estate of E. Pauline Johnson, the famous Mohawk Poetess.
This year’s celebration takes place the weekend of July 27th to 29th. Gates open daily at 10:00 a.m. and general admission for one day is $10.00. If you want a full weekend experience, weekend passes are also available for only $15.00. Entry for children is $2.00. Feel free to bring your cameras and lawn chairs.
Powwows are a time of celebration, building relationships, and sharing cultural and social traditions. Whether you're a first time visitor or you've enjoyed pow wows previously, there are a few tips to keep in mind for a successful pow wow visit:
- Arrive Early: Our event can fill up quickly so to get a good seat arrive early or bring a lawn chair in case seating is unavailable.
- Be Respectful: Pay attention to the master of ceremonies for cues on appropriate behaviour including when to stand to show respect and when quiet is expected.
- No Alcohol or Drugs Permitted: The pow wow is an alcohol and drug free environment. Anyone found under the influence will be escorted from the grounds.
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