The 40th Annual Grand River Champion of Champions Pow Wow will be held July 26 through July 28, 2019 at Chiefswood Park (1037 Brant Hwy 54, Ohsweken). This exciting open-air event recreates centuries of culture as dancers from across North America compete to become the Champion of Champions.
Pow Wow is the term coined to reflect this type of expression in the arts and is always presented with the utmost dignity. Dancers from the Six Nations community found themselves travelling across Ontario in the late 1970s to dance at Pow Wows, until finally the discussion turned to “Why don’t we how a pow wow at home?” The first Pow Wow was held in 1980, and it was determined that the event would be held annually on the fourth weekend in July. The term “Champion of Champions” was introduced as an added incentive to attract dancers. The dancer that accumulates the most points throughout the weekend would be deemed the “Champion of Champions.”
This annual event has become a major tourist attraction locally, nationally and internationally, with prize money given to those dancers and singers deemed to be the most agile, astute and exciting. Many dancers and singers representing every major North American native cultural group dressed in their finest regalia are expected to attend.
The fun begins on Friday, July 26 with FREE live entertainment happening between 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. The Pow Wow begins on Saturday morning with the gates, food and craft vendors all opening at 10:00 a.m. The 3-day event ends on Sunday, again with gates opening at 10:00 a.m. and the winners will be announced at 5:00 p.m.
General admission daily is $10.00 and weekend passes are available for $15.00. Children can attend for just $2.00
For more information and to plan your trip, please visit the Grand River Champion of Champions Pow Wow Website.
To get directions, please visit Google Maps.