VIDEO: Celebration of Indigenous culture draws hundreds of singers, dancers, and drummers to Langley powwow – langleyadvancetime

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VIDEO: Celebration of Indigenous culture draws hundreds of singers, dancers, and drummers to Langley powwow – langleyadvancetime

by ahnationtalk on September 20, 202272 Views

Sep. 19, 2022

For three days from Friday to Sunday, Sept. 16 to 18, singers, dancers, and drummers from B.C., Alberta, and the U.S. filled the Langley Events Centre for the first annual Stɑl̓əw̓ powwow cultural event.

Organized by the Stɑl̓əw̓ Arts and Cultural Society, which is based on Kwantlen First Nation land in Fort Langley, the event’s name translates to “big river” in the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language, a reference to the Fraser River and its role in the Indigenous communities living along its shores.

In a statement of purpose posted online, organizers said “rivers connect and enable sharing and new opportunities – and we wish for the stɑl̓əw̓ powwow to be an event that shares, honours and creates new opportunities to celebrate rich indigenous traditions and build important and lasting connections.”

One of the organizers, TsaTsomTun (Dennis Leon), cultural advisor, Kwantlen First Nations, on the stɑl̓əw̓ arts and culture committee, explained the long-awaited event has been in the planning stages for three years.

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