Experience the excitement of centuries of culture as dancers from across North America compete to become the Champion of Champions. Everyone is welcome when the Grand River ‘Champion of Champions’ Pow Wow at the Six Nations of the Grand River Community celebrates its 40th anniversary from July 26-28 at Chiefswood Park in Ohsweken.
The Pow Wow is a way for First Nations people to share their unique customs and cultural identity through the heartbeat of the drum, song and way of life with an event that showcases the community’s rich arts heritage and pride in music, dance, arts and crafts. One of Canada’s most renowned Indigenous events, the Pow Wow hosts dancers and singers representing every major North American Indigenous cultural group. Participants dress in their finest regalia to compete for prize money to be the most agile, astute and exciting performer with Pow Wow dance contests in various age groups and a singing contest for drum groups.
This year’s event boasts over 400 dancers, 30 native food vendors, and 100 native craft vendors and a packed schedule of entertainment. On Friday, July 26, the Pow Wow kicks off with free live entertainment from 6-10 p.m. On Saturday, July 27 the Pow Wow officially begins with gates opening at 10 a.m. Food and craft vendors will be open all day and dancing and singing exhibitions will take place from 12-5 p.m. and 7-10 p.m., preceded by the grand entry of the dancers. On the final day, Sunday, gates open at 10 a.m. and dancing and singing exhibitions continue from 12-5 p.m. At 5 p.m. the Pow Wow concludes with the announcement of winners, the awarding of prize monies, and the announcement of the “Champion of Champions.”
Grand River Champion of Champions Pow Wow
July 26-28, 2019
Gates open daily at 10 a.m. Schedule runs Friday, 6-10 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
General admission $10.00, children $2.00, weekend pass $15.00
Chiefswood Park. The park is located on Highway 54, 8 miles or 13 kms east of Brantford and equidistant west of Caledonia, near the hamlet of Middleport in Brant County. The park is easily accessible from London or Toronto via Highway 403.