In this guide, we'll dive into our experiences at the Garden River First Nation Pow Wow in Sault Ste. Marie which was part of our weekend trip to the city focused on Indigenous experiences.
Through our first pow wow in Ontario, you'll get a good sense of what to expect. Hint: It was amazing!
Pow wows are special events that hold cultural significance because it's an important community gathering of First Nations to celebrate their rich ancestral history.
I highly recommend that you look for a local Indigenous tour (if available) to guide you through the pow wow. It's not mandatory but it definitely helps.
Your first pow wow will be incredible, precious, awe-inspiring, and overwhelming, all at the same time.
The first part of your pow wow experience should be about education and understanding. With Thrive Tours, you'll learn the history of the Indigenous people and common customs.
– Be respectful. – Ask before taking a photo of individual dancers. – Dress modestly. – No drugs, alcohol, or pets.