Monday, July 28

Grand River Champion of Champions Pow Wow

Sunday afternoon, hubby and I decided to take a drive to the Grand River Champion of Champions Pow Wow that is held the last weekend of July on the Six Nations Reservation just outside Brantford. We arrived to find that yesterday's downpour had made the parking lot, which is located at Chiefswood Tent and Trailer Park, very muddy. We found a parking place and headed toward the Grand River where the Pow Wow is held.

I thought the canoe with the marigolds and other flowers was a unique idea. The canoe certainly makes a great flower bed.

We headed to the dance area and the tots were dancing. The little fellow in the green and yellow feathers was stealing the show. I love the see the little ones dance. They are so proud of themselves for performing in front of the audience and so they should be. They put on a great performance.

After the dancing we headed to the craft area. Above is one of the booths. There was everything here, including carved soapstone, t-shirts, jewelry, wood carvings and so much more. I enjoyed seeing all of the things that the Native people create to display and sell at Pow Wows across Canada and the US.

Above is a photo of one of the native men dressed in his regalia. They do not like people to call them costumes and it is poor Pow Wow etiquette to take photos of individuals without permission. There are also certain dances where the announcer asks for no photography. I always respect the customs and traditions when I attend a Pow Wow.

A family was walking toward us and they were dressed in their finest. What wonderful memories this little girl will have when she grows up of attending the Pow Wow and performing in the dance competition. Another of the performers. This woman was so polite when I asked if she would pose for a photograph.

Hubby and I took our time browsing the craft booths and then we headed for the food booths. He enjoys a buffalo burger each time we attend the Pow Wow. I usually do as well, but this year decided on a chicken wrap and it was delicious.

Chiefswood is the home of Canadian Native Poetess Pauline Johnson and is right on the banks of the Grand River. It is a heavily wooded area that is a perfect spot for the vendors who sell their wares here and also for the public to enjoy the beauty of the area and the lovely summer breeze. It was especially nice to visit this beautiful spot again.

I hope you enjoyed your Sunday as much as we did. Have a great week. ~Blessings, Mary~


  1. Wow! What a great event. I will have to remember this for the future. I love the grounds and riverfront at Chiefswood. (from a fan of Pauline Johnson)

  2. Sounds like you had a really nice time my friend.

  3. It sounds a lot like our Feast of the Flowering Moon. This pwowow has grown so much over the years. The native americans camp and set up with in the park. Over the years many crafters have gotten in on the act and started bringing their wares to the festival, but are not allowed to set up within the parks. They close two streets off just outside of the park for them.

    Aren't the native dress beautiful?
    Thank you for sharing.

  4. What a fun thing to do. I still remember going to one of these when I was young.

  5. I enjoyed the photos of the Pow Wow and of your garden in your Green Thumb post. I don’t recall if I’ve mentioned that I love your header. One of these days I’ll find time to create one of my own … now that I know how ;--)
    Hugs and blessings,

  6. I enjoyed the photos,thank you for sharing them. Hugs and God's Blessings-Mike g.said that! (its an A.A. thing)

  7. This looks like a great fun afternoon!! I am glad you got to go and enjoy yourself! You got some really good photo's!!

    If you have time please stop by my blog, we were able to get out and about on Sat. and take a day trip to the Ozarks! Kelly took some good pictures and I have posted a few of them. Karen won't let me put hers up until she loses 12 more pounds! Then she will have lost 100 pounds! Then I will put up a before and after picture.

    Nancy is feeling better so this was so nice to be able to get out!!! I bet this is how you felt also after all the hard work on your upstairs this summer!!

    Love and hugs, Carolyn

  8. Mary
    That looks like a fun way to spend a day. Loved the outfits. Peace

  9. I would love to have gone with you two again. Native American culture is so unique and so interesting. And I always want to buy their jewelry. LOL

    Yes, that canoe DID make a great flower box, didn't it?

    Well, I got called back for jury tomorrow morning. I'm tire, I'm hot, I'm gonna go shower and relax.

    I'll work on a blog meme before I shut things down and then, hopefully by tomorrow I'll know if I'm selected for a juror. Ugh!!!

    Hope your day treated you well dear Mary.

  10. I would think those costumes might be a bit heavy with all the beads on them. Do you know if they are? Looks like a nice place. Is it on a reservation?

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  12. Mary,

    This is a wonderful post! I enjoyed the photos and your article. I'm glad you got to go because, I get to go through this beautiful photo/essay. Thank you!

    Love & hugs,

  13. Hmmm, another event I have to mark on my calendar for next year! I've never attended a Pow Wow but have always wanted to...they have a few on Manitoulin Island which is a 2 hour drive from here and one of these days I'll make it there for one. Loved all the pictures, their dress is always so colourful. xoxo

  14. Mary,

    I've never been to a Pow Wow, so it was fun to see one through your post. Wonderful pictures and post. Thank you for sharing your visit to the Pow Wow.



  15. This was such a wonderful post! Enjoyed everything!!

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