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Here are some Tid Bits about pow wow, Aboriginal dance and games.

  • Many different Aboriginal groups or tribes attend the same pow wows.
  • Pow wows are held all across North America.
  • Aboriginal dances include the Round Dance, Eagle Dance, Gourd Dance, and the Rain Dance.
  • The oldest form of women’s dance in the Buckskin Dance.
  • The Jingle Dress is also referred to as a prayer dress.
  • The pow wow dance season begins in the spring.
  • The Potlatch ceremony, which was a West Coast Aboriginal tradition, was banned in 1887 by the Indian Act. The ban was not repealed until 1951.
  • The government goal in abolishing participation in the Potlatch ceremony was assimilation.
  • The Sundance was banned in 1895 through another amendment to the Indian Act.
  • In 1914, another Indian Act amendment barred Aboriginal people from participating without official consent from the Indian Agent in dances, shows, exhibitions, stampedes, and pageants.
  • In 1971, the Native Summer Games held in Enoch, Alberta drew 3,000 participants competing in 13 sports and many cultural events.
  • In 1973, the Western Canada Native Winter Games were held on the Blood Reserve in Kainai, Alberta.
  • Few Indigenous peoples compete in mainstream sport, especially youth.
  • The first North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) was held in Edmonton, Alberta in 1990.

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