Muskoday Community School Powwow encourages youths to dance

By Bryan Eneas
May 17, 2018 - 2:00pm

For the second year in a row, students at the Muskoday First Nation Community School came together for a powwow.

World-renowned drum groups and well-known figures in the powwow world attended the gathering, which Principal Andrew DeBray said was designed to encourage the youths to get up and dance.

“We had more intertribals, so that’s an opportunity,” DeBray said. “You don’t have to be dressed in your regalia to participate.”

DeBray said Iron Swing and Battle Hill were the host drums for the event, with Howard Walker playing the familiar role of master of ceremonies and his son Wacey Lavallee acting as the arena director. Drum groups from the Beardy’s and Okemasis Cree Nation, One Arrow First Nation, James Smith Cree Nation and the Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation were also present for the gathering.

The community school is already looking forward to holding the event again next year, DeBray said.

“Our goal is to have as many kids from our school dance as possible,” he said.


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