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September 23, 2011

Third college powwow brings communities together

by Arnica Rowan

There was a special energy on the Okanagan College campus September 21st. Drums beat out music, people were laughing, colourful costumes decorated the quad and there was a buzz in the air.

The third annual powwow was an overwhelming success. For some international college students, it was their first exposure to the Okanagan’s indigenous culture. For other college students, the dancing reflected their own cultures brought on campus. “This is part of who I am,” reflected one Business student. “It means a lot that the college hosts this powwow and has respect for my culture.”

For everybody who watched and attended, it was obvious that the level of interest and participation was high. Many non-indigenous students joined in the fun and danced to the drumming as well.

The dancers showed off their stuff with fancy dances, grass dances, and others. One young adult dancer commented “I’ve never been to the college before, but I think I might come here next year!”

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