COMPETITION POW WOW

Come celebrate the Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival with the Pow Wow! Part of the National Indigenous Peoples Day activities in Ottawa, June 2022.

Don’t miss out! Drummers and Dancers from across the US and Canada will be competing for over $75,000 in prizes!

The Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival starts Tuesday June 21, 2022, with non-stop family programming…all FREE!

The Powwow starts Saturday June 25, 2022, with Grand Entry at 12:00pm, immediately followed by Intertribal Social Dancing and the Committee Specials. 

Committee Specials:

  • Glenn Matasawagon Memorial Chicken Dance Special (18+)
  • Marley Fairfield-Staats Jingle Dress Special (18+)
  • More specials to be announced!

Registration

Saturday June 25, 2022, 9:00am to 11:30am

Registration closes 11:30am Saturday June 25, 2022, in lieu of Drum Roll Call at 11:45am.

Grand Entries

Saturday June 25, 2022, 12:00pm & 11:30am

Sunday June 26, 2022, 12:00pm

 

Drum/Dance Contest: (Points start Saturday, June 25, 2022)

DRUM COMPETITION:

1st Place: $5,000 | 2nd Place: $4,000 | 3rd Place: $2,500 | 4th Place: $1,500
 
DANCE COMPETITION:
 
MEN’S & LADIES (60+ open) COMBINED CATEGORIES
1st Place: $1000 | 2nd Place: $800 | 3rd Place: $500
Sr. ADULT MEN’S & LADIES (40-59) TRADITIONAL, FANCY, GRASS & JINGLE
1st Place: $1000 | 2nd Place: $800 | 3rd Place: $500
Jr. ADULT MEN’S & LADIES (18-39) TRADITIONAL, FANCY, GRASS & JINGLE
1st Place: $1000 | 2nd Place: $800 | 3rd Place: $500
TEENS (13-17) TRADITIONAL, FANCY, GRASS & JINGLE
1st Place: $400 | 2nd Place: $300 | 3rd Place: $200
JUNIORS (6-12) TRADITIONAL, FANCY, GRASS & JINGLE
1st Place: $200 | 2nd Place: $150 | 3rd Place: $100
TINY TOTS paid daily (Sat/Sun) in full regalia (5yrs & under)
 

Staff

  • Host Drum: Black Bear
  • MC: Wes King
  • Co-MC: Whitney Recountre II
  • Head Drum Judge: Jeremy Doxtator
  • Head Dance Judge: Shady Hafez
  • All Tabulating done by: C&T Tabulating
  • Sound: Hokah Sound

MENS TRADITIONAL, GRASS, FANCY & WOMENS TRADITIONAL, JINGLE, FANCY SHAWL

Youth (17 and under) & Adults (18 +) categories                                                                                                      

1ST $500/ 2ND $300/ 3RD $200

SPECIALS – SMOKE & HOOP (ADULTS 18+)
1ST $500/ 2ND $300/ 3RD $200

DRUMS (SOLO) MENS AND WOMENS CATEGORIES
1ST $500/ 2ND $300/ 3RD $200

DRUM (GROUP) MENS AND WOMENS COMBINED
1ST $1000/ 2ND $750/ 3RD $500

All finalists (dancers) must perform to NEW and original songs produced especially for the Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival by multi-Grammy nominated Northern Cree.  

Finalist Performances will stream via Facebook Live @SummerSolsticeFestivals on Saturday & Sunday June 19th & June 20th. 12pm to 5pm EDT

HOST DRUM NORTHERN CREE
Northern Cree recorded NEW and ORIGINAL songs for the SSIF Pow Wow.
Northern Cree is a nine-time GRAMMY-nominated pow wow drum group from Treaty Six territory with 49 albums to their credit. The group was formed in 1982 by Charles Wood Jr., Earl Wood, Randy Wood, and Steve Wood. They started releasing music in 1991 and made history in 2017 when they became the first pow wow group to perform at the GRAMMY Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

Northern Cree is led by Steve Wood and includes Joel Wood, Marlon Deschamps, Shane Dion, Marcus Denny, Leroy Whitstone, Marvin Deschamps, Jordon Fiddler, Emerson Samson, Penny McGilvery, Dezi Chocan, Randall Paskemin, Jamon Paskemin, Gilbert Buffalo, Desmond Redcalf, Jonas Tootoosis, Ben Cardinal, Kyle Pasquayak, Shaina McGilvery, and Jayzer Littlewolfe.

Since 1999, Northern Cree has earned a total of 44 nominations and 18 awards for their music.

Download their music here

“Brisket Burner” composed by Leroy Whitstone 

Men’s Traditional 2nd song

“Crow Style Double Beat”
composed by Marlon Deschamps

Women’s Traditional 2nd Song

 “Dunetown Dune”  composed by Leroy Whitstone

Men’s/Women’s Fancy 2nd Song

“Jingle Jam”  composed by Randall Paskemin

Women’s Jingle 2nd song 

“On The Spot”  composed by Marvin Deschamps

Men’s Traditional 2nd song

“Storytime Warriors”  composed by Leroy Whitstone

Men’s Grass

“Summer Sunset”  composed by Marvin Deschamps

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