Being an outsider in my own adopted country, I have spent many years being blind to the presence of the First Nations community in Canada. On a recent visit to the Grand River Pow Wow, I spent the day observing their way of life, the culture and traditions.
Although this site is for posts from nature, the First Nations community live a life in tune with the preservation of nature and thus fall into everything associated with nature.
Driving in to a native indian community seemed like any other small town in Ontario. It is only when I dropped in for breakfast and found locals smoking inside the building that I realized I was in a part of the country which had its own laws. A small community in Ontario similar to small communities all across the Americas, they are separate but a part of the fabric of our country.
Smokers who came from Toronto to spend the day where they can smoke inside.
An unpackaged packet of cigarettes bought for $10. Prices in the store range from $6 and up.
Having had a hearty breakfast of pea meal bacon and eggs, I was ready to spend the day as a spectator at the Pow Wow; WOW wow WOW was I in for a treat!
Dancing with the shadows.
Fried bread for a Taco type dish
Dancer, Native indian educator wearing animal skins attached to her pony tail. ‘They have worn these throughout history’ she would explain.
Vendors selling their goods
Reminded me of the old trading days and how life might have been when the first settlers arrived in Canada. These may seem cruel, but they are way of life and a tradition – trappers made their living selling animal skins. The animals skins have a spiritual attachment to them. They can be seen worn as part of a dress when dancing at the Pow Wow. I was not there to judge, only to observe and celebrate in our shared interests and values.
What I took away from the day, is a perspective; a way of life, being one with nature and its people.