Post by Ruth Dick
It’s time again to get your moccasins on and come out and boogie.
From Oct. 5 to 7 the Lil’wat Celebrations Powwow Committee invites you to join them at the Ullus Community Complex for the annual Thanksgiving Traditional Powwow.
The call is going out to all dancers, hand drummers, powwow drum groups and volunteers to the annual powwow in Mount Currie. There are dance specials and family specials throughout the weekend hosted by the dancer and their family to honour an occasion in the dancer’s growth, or to honour an achievement by an individual or group in the community.
The Princess Pageant has started with candidates in the Senior Princess and Junior Princess categories working towards the ultimate goal of representing Lil’wat throughout the year as they travel the Powwow Trail.
The schedule for the weekend is Friday night warm-up starting around 7 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday the Grand Entry will be at 1 pm and 7 p.m. each day. The dancing generally goes on until about midnight, so get ready for a long and fun filled day. Brunch and dinner will be served on Saturday and Sunday, with the traditional Thanksgiving dinner being served on Sunday.
The powwow is hosted by a group of very dedicated volunteers, who fundraise throughout the year to cover the expenses involved with hosting the event. The meals are cooked by volunteers with food that is mostly donated by community members and local committees. If you would like to help with any of the events over the weekend, come out to Ullus and let the committee know you are available to help. If you can make a contribution to the meals bring your contribution out to Ullus during the powwow or call Elizabeth Dan at 604-894-6550 to find out where you can bring your donation or if you would like someone to come and pick it up.
The Thanksgiving Powwow is a family event that is open to everyone. Come out and watch the dancing, or don’t be shy if you are asked to dance in one of the specials by one of the dancers. The idea is to kick back and enjoy yourself with friends old and new. See you there.
Thanks to Johnny Jones for the pics and Ruth (Srap7ul) Dick for her amazing columns in the Whistler Question that share news from Lil’wat Nation.