Video: Thomas Dueck Powwow a resounding success

Dancers and Columneetza students combine in a inter-tribal dance at the Thomas Dueck Powwow held last Friday from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. It was the first full-day powwow the school has hosted for both its students and the community.
Francis Johnson Sr., a 70 year old dancer, leads a class of Marie Sharpe students in hoop dancing at the Thomas Dueck Powwow.
Marie Sharpe hoop dancers led by Francis Johnson Senior at Columneetza on Friday, Jan.18. (Photo by Patrick Davies)
Marie Sharpe hoop dancers led by Francis Johnson Senior at Columneetza on Friday, Jan.18. (Photo by Patrick Davies)
The Northern Tribez drum group at Columneetza’s annual Thomas Dueck Powwow. (Photo by Patrick Davies)
Mike Retasket dancing in beside the inter-tribal dance at the Thomas Dueck Powwow. (Photo by Patrick Davies)
Irvin Waskewitch leads a drum group in song at the Thomas Dueck Powwow.
Mike Retasket dancing in beside the inter-tribal dance at the Thomas Dueck Powwow. (Photo by Patrick Davies)
ABOVE LEFT: Irvin Waskewitch leads a drum group in song at the Thomas Dueck Powwow. ABOVE CENTRE: Sierra George dances with her shawl at the inter-tribal dance at the Thomas Dueck Powwow. George was one of many young Indigenous girls showing their pride in the powwow.
Mike Retasket was one of a dozen traditional dancers at the Thomas Dueck Powwow. Photo by Patrick Davies)
Patrick Davies photos Chanel Daniel was by far the youngest jingle dancer at the Thomas Dueck Powwow this year.
Fred Johnson of Alkali Lake dancing in the Thomas Dueck powwow. (Photo by Patrick Davies)
Mike Retasket was one of a dozen traditional dancers at the Thomas Dueck Powwow. Photo by Patrick Davies)
Photos by Patrick Davies The dancers, drummers and organizers of the Thomas Dueck Powwow at the end of the day.

For six hours last Friday, the Thomas Dueck Powwow went strong at Lake City Secondary Columneetza Campus.

Dozens of dancers and drummers gathered together to put on the event with groups coming from across the Cariboo, B.C and even as far as Alberta. All were united by a love of their traditional culture and a desire to share it with the youth of Williams Lake.

The event rarely paused for breath and went at full tilt for the entire day, with specifically themed dance demonstrations mixed in with plenty of inter-tribal dances that got lakecity kids dancing alongside the traditional dancers. Such moments were a beautiful display of multiculturalism and interconnectedness.

Read More: Thomas-Dueck Powwow happening all day Friday

Named in honour of former student Casey Thomas and social teacher Vick Dueck, who originate idea that led to the powwow, this was the fifth powwow Columneetza has hosted.

This was the first to run all day and the school intends to continue to put this event on due to the unrivalled opportunity for lakecity youth to be exposed to powwow culture.

Williams Lake Indian Band Chief Willie Sellars said that of all the projects and events he has in the works, this powwow is one he most looks forward to, year after year.

Organizer George Fraser said he intends to continue to organize the event in the future.



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