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article imagePhoto essay: Aboriginal pow-wow in Vancouver Special

By Joseph Boltrukiewicz     May 15, 2011 in World
Vancouver - Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre hosted another pow-wow event that was dedicated to the memory of one of the community members who recently passed away.
The Centre serves the First Nations groups to make transition to the urban community. Main aboriginal people of Lower Mainland, Squamish, Matsqui, Haida and Nishga'a got together in the centre for healing session after the loss of one of its active members.
Group dancing during the pow-wow at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society.
Group dancing during the pow-wow at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society.
The meeting started with food serving to all those who came for the event. As tradition goes, food was first served to those who were older in the meeting. The master of the ceremony assured all the participants that after the food is served, everyone will have a good time when participating in ritual dances performed to heavy rhythms of the drumbeating.
Food served at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society during the pow-wow event.
Food served at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society during the pow-wow event.
The event is called pow-wow and its main part is ritual dances of the aboriginal groups taking part in the event. At the time of the conquest of the West and the genocide of aboriginal people of North America it was associated with the dance of war. Now it serves as ritual and ceremonial dance that marks cultural and social events in aboriginal community.
The youngest dancer of pow-wow.
The youngest dancer of pow-wow.
The event that gathered some 250 people at the basketball facility of the centre was an excellent family and social event and demonstrated unity and strength of aboriginal community of Vancouver. Apart from its main purpose of group healing, everybody showed up to have very good time for some 3 hours of colourful dances and live music played to the tune of drumbeating and group singing of main performers.
Black and red colours of Haida people  Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society.
Black and red colours of Haida people, Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society.
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