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Aboriginal dance and games.
- Many different
Aboriginal groups or tribes attend the same
- 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.
pow wow dance season begins in the spring.
- The Potlatch ceremony, which was a West Coast
Aboriginal tradition, was banned in 1887 by the
The ban was not repealed until 1951.
- The government goal in abolishing participation in the
Potlatch ceremony was
- The Sundance was banned in 1895 through another amendment to the
- 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.