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First Annual Red Deer International Powwow

First Annual Red Deer International Powwow

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This past weekend (October 22-24, 2021) was the First Annual Red Deer International Powwow

The Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery was so pleased and honoured to be part of the Organizing Committee for Powwow Times 1st Annual Red Deer International Powwow! This weekend was powerful as we left happy, healed and energized. We were overwhelmed by the beauty of the regalia, in awe of the skill of the dancers, laughed heartedly with the Master of Ceremonies and re-found our heartbeats in the rhythm of the drums. 

We would like to thank our community of Red Deer and Central Alberta! You gave the very best of yourselves and it showed. Over 100 volunteers completed one or more shifts. Volunteers came from Red Deer, Innisfail, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe, Bentley, Caroline, Calgary, Leduc, Camrose and Edmonton. Huge Heartfelt thanks go out to all the Sponsors who gave money, gifts in Kind and volunteers to the event. 

This International event was truly International as we had dancers and Head Staff from Western Canada, Tennessee and we even had an attendee from Germany! Here are the quick stats from the clickers the volunteers were using to record attendance. 5,584 people attended over the whole weekend!!

  • Friday youth day: estimating 300
  • Friday evening: 850 adults, 404 children
  • Saturday: 2030 adults, 591 children
  • Sunday: 1107 adults, 302 children

View some photos from the event below (hover for arrows or click to view on Flickr):

First Annual Red Deer International Powwow 2021

Check out the Powwow Times facebook page for livestreamed video from the event!

We have a copy of the Red Deer Powwow Program available for download for those who are interested - or you can drop by the MAG during or regular business hours to pick up a physical copy, or contact our front desk for more info.

Explore the resources below to learn more about the Powwow! Ohcîwin The Origins! exhibit

Powwow! Ohcîwin The Origins, created and curated by First Annual Red Deer International Powwow organizers Patrick and Marrisa Mitsuing, was on display at the powwow for the weekend. It was originally exhibited at the MAG from September 2020 - February 2021.

Virtual walkthrough of Powwow! Ohcîwin The Origins (2020)

Meet the Curators

Curator Spotlight: Marrisa and Patrick Mitsuing (pictured below)

Marrisa and Patrick Mitsuing

Meet the artisans who collaborated on the regalia in this exhibition

Eric MentuckCurtis Miller Joe

Origin Stories of each Dance

View the full exhibit playlist on Youtube

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