A Traditional Native American Pow Wow As Documented On Instagram #IGTravelThursday

Pow wows are a big thing here in Northern Ontario and more abundant than in an either part of the province. I’ve been to several in my life, however the best experience I’d ever had was in Wikwemikong on Manitoulin Island.

With 5 children between us (all 6 and under), my friend and I arrived at the grounds bright and early before any of the festivities started. We walked around, marveled at the arts and crafts for sale, tried on the handmade jewelry and found our seats before the crowd arrived. It turns out, this was the smartest thing we could have done as the area was packed by the time the event began.

Jingle Dresses

I’m a sucker for those beautiful jingle dresses and headdresses, especially when a toddler is wearing them. I asked the mom of these two girls if I could take their photo and she kindly obliged.

There was a boy there who must have been around 4 years old, wearing this beautiful outfit.

Once the dancing began, it was hard to keep our kids still, so we let them dance right along. After the opening ceremonies, guests and visitors are welcome to join the dancers in the ring if they choose.

Have you ever been to a pow wow?

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