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Kamloopa Powwow offers culture, inspiration

Image Credit: Jennifer Stahn
August 04, 2013 - 9:17 AM

KAMLOOPS - The 34th annual Kamloopa Powwow has taken over the Tk'emlups te Secwepemc Indian Band special events facility this weekend and the event has been nothing short of spectacular.

The beat of the drum combined with the soulful, cultural singing proved to be an inspiring opening to the grand entry on Saturday. The full regalia worn by the dancers helps to tell the stories that are shown in their movements. The awe-inspiring event gives an impressive glimpse at the culture shared by First Nations peoples from across the continent.

The three day event, which wraps up Sunday, is expected to draw a total of 15,000 spectators to watch some 500 drummers and dancers from across Canada and the United States.

Four grand entries provide a large cultural display and afterwards the dancers and drummers compete in different categories throughout the weekend.

A Pow Wow Princess will be named Sunday. Contestants are judged on outfit, dance, speech, talent, poise and appearance.

To contact a reporter for this story, email jstahn@infotelnews.ca, call (25)819-3723 or tweet @JennStahn.

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