CORNWALL, Ontario – A celebration of First Nation culture is branching out a bit this year, with the addition of traditional dancers from Mexico.
The Akwesasne Powwow, a colourful display that typically draws thousands of people to Cornwall Island, will see Aztec dancers from Mexico City perform a pair of shows on the first day of the event.
“We want the powwow to become a learning tool and a way to bring other cultures together,” said Romaine Mitchell, co-chair of the 2015 Akwesasne Powwow.
Mitchel said the dancers were at the powwow a few years back, and most recently a group of dancers from Africa performed on Cornwall Island.
“The passion that these dancers bring is just incredible,” he said.
But there’s also plenty of homegrown passion, as singers, dancers and drummers from First Nations perform in traditional ceremonies and competitions.
The powwow takes place Sept. 12 and 13 at the A’Nowara’ko:Wa Arena on Cornwall Island. Doors open both days at 10 a.m. and the popular “grand entry” takes place at noon on Day 1.
Ticket information and facts about the powwow can be found here.