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  • Many different Aboriginal groups and 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 that was a West Coast Aboriginal tradition was banned in 1887 through the Indian Act. It was not repealed until 1951.
  • The governments 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.
  • The dream to hold Games for the Indigenous Peoples began in the 1970s.
  • 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.
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