Drums, regalia and dance will be part of the O-Week celebrations as the Student Justice Centre helps welcome students back to school with a powwow.
The event, done in partnership with Brock’s Aboriginal Student Services and in collaboration with the Aboriginal Student Organization, is meant to show the cultural diversity at Brock and among North American Aboriginal Peoples. It also gives students the chance to experience something new, explained Brandon Vrysen, Student Justice Centre supervisor.
“This event will present a shortened, more accessible version (of a powwow), with traditional aboriginal dancers and drummers participating in a demonstration of the songs and dances typically present at a powwow, (and) showcase the teachings and explain the significance of the various dances and song,s as well as the tribes from which they originate,” Vrysen said.
The powwow happens Sept. 5 from noon to 3 p.m. in Jubilee Court.
This is the second year the Student Justice Centre has hosted a powwow after Brock drama student and jingle dancer Adrienne Smoke first proposed the idea in 2012.
“A powwow is a gathering to be thankful, celebrate culture and friendship,” Smoke said. “They are open to the public to promote cultural awareness. However, powwows are not just special events. They are a way of life for many.”
The Student Justice Centre is looking for Aboriginal dancers to participate in the powwow. Those interested in participating in the dance or setting up a booth can contact Vrysen at firstname.lastname@example.org.