“We’re pretty excited about this year’s event,” said Heather Stevens, one of the organizers. “We have Cree Confederation, one of the top award-winning drum groups, coming from Edmonton. Several other drummers and dancers are also coming from there, and our two head dancers are from Ontario. This is the first time we’ve had head dancers from Ontario and they’re both award winners.”
Another special addition this year is a second grand entry on Saturday. There will be a grand entry at 1 p.m. both days, with an extra one at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
The powwow also includes food, crafts and demonstrations.
The event will be held at the powwow grounds behind Wilson’s gas bar, in Millbrook. In the event of rain, it will be moved into the Millbrook Gym.
Any changes will be posted on the Millbrook First Nation Pow Wow 2017 Facebook page.
Some of the participants
Head male: John Hupfield, Wausauksing First Nation
Head female: Deanne Hupfield, Temagami First Nation
Head Mi’kmaw female: Jennifer McDonald, We’kopekwitk
Head Mi’kmaw male: To be announced
Head junior male: Carter Hatfield, Piktu’k
Head junior female: Patience Sylliboy, We’kopekwitk
Head veteran: To be announced
Emcees: Dion Tootoosis, Poundmaker Cree Nation, Saskatchewan and Michael R Denny, Eskasoni
Arena director: Armando Lucio, Lipan Apache Tribe, Texas