The Annual Napi Pow Wow was held on January 20-22 at the Pincher Creek's Community Hall last weekend in Alberta, Canada, and it was a rollicking affair. We have the video to prove it.
"This competition is to mark and help celebrate the Napi Friendship Center Association being here for 40 years," said Napi Board President Wes Crowshoe to the Pincher Creek Voice before the event. The center was established in 1972.
This beautiful weekend event also involved some seriously beautiful people, like former Miss Blackfoot Canada, Jamie Medicine Crane. Jamie was there with along with her partner Curt Young of Young Medicine. "We run a performance company that is a mix of traditional and contemporary performing arts," she told the Pincher Creek Voice. "We recently performed in Peru, at the Worlds Indigenous Peoples Conference for Education, and in Los Angeles California for the World Championship for Performing Arts. We are going down to Memphis, Tennessee in a few weeks to help represent western Canada through Travel Alberta and British Columbia."
The pow wow brought the Friendship Center a capacity crowd, with more than 750 people attending, and the weekend highlight the reality that Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal urban populations are connected more now than ever before.
"Today, Friendship Centres are increasingly dedicated to bridging the gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal urban populations," the Pincher Creek Voice reported. "Such is the dynamism of modern urban aboriginal populations that it is no longer a question of merely providing contingencies for people coming in off the Reserve, but rather seeing to it that urban Aboriginal culture assumes its rightful place in Canada's future. The majority of Canada's Aboriginal population is now urban, and of that, the majority of that group is under 30. These are young, wired, motivated, increasingly well-educated global citizens with a grounding in Native ethics, culture and perceptions. Friendship Centres no longer go cap-in-hand. They are increasingly at the vanguard of urban evolution."
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