We started off the week by having a showcase of our two wonderful dancers, Gabriel Whiteduck and Paula Menarick. The excitement level was already high, however after the introductory performance; the focus on learning from Ouje-Bougoumou’s youth was way beyond anyone’s imagination. After the initial excitement of the dancing, the youth spent the rest of the day learning about Powwow etiquette and about the regalia worn during a Powwow.
The following day saw the youth learn various dance steps and practice through games and role playing. Laughter filled the Billy Diamond Hall and the youth were totally engaged. If we were able to teach for 24 hours a day, there is no doubt that they would have stayed that long. They soon learned how to put together parts of regalia, patterns were being shared and beads were being placed on slippers and decorative pieces.
There was so much chatter among the youth that the following two days saw our attendance double. There were close to 40 people here, all enthusiastic about dancing, sewing and drumming. In fact, there were so many people, that it was almost impossible to stretch and do our pre dancing warm ups in the Chief Billy Diamond Hall. However, when there is a will there is a way.