All are welcome to come watch the Powwow on Aug 3
By Chadd Cawson-Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
?aq?smaknik First Nation is set to host the 2022 Ktunaxanintik Nation Gathering and Traditional Powwow at their new recreation centre on Wednesday Aug. 3. It will be a special day of gathering and to honour so many, which include new births and those that have passed on. It will also be a day to bring families together and celebrate such victories as graduations and anniversaries of sobriety.
The event will begin at 12:30 P.M. with a meal being served followed by an opening by an Elder. Following lunch gifts will be distributed for the recent newborn babies entering our world and the graduates leaving school, both with many adventures and things to learn ahead.
Before dinner is served at 5 PM there will be myriad presentations and Memorial honourings. Other honours will include being celebrated for education, sports, and sobriety. A beautiful day with plenty to dance about and at 7 P.M. the Powwow dancing will commence for all to be wowed by their steps, grace, and regalia.
Entry for this event is free and the public are invited and encouraged to come watch the dancers and join in on the celebration. This event will be held on the unceded territories of the Ktunaxa people, and much appreciation would like to be extended to all sponsors who are a part of it this year.
?ak?smaknik? is actually the our word for people. In the Kootenay language we call ourselves Ktunaxa ?ak?smaknik? .
?akisq?nuk in the Ktunaxa langauge refers to the two lakes (Windermere lake and Columbia lake). The ?akisq?nuk First Nation is located between Windermere and Fairmont along Highway 93. This is where the event took place.
My sincere apologies Chief Sam, thank you for correcting me on this.
I will make sure threw print a correction in our next issue, again my sincere apologies.-Chadd