SOCIAL DISTANCE POW WOW

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SSIF and Social Distance Pow Wow Join Forces!

For 2020, The Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival is pleased to join forces with the Social Distance Pow Wow Facebook Group, a forum for the Pow Wow community comprising vendors, dancers and singers, all horribly affected by the COVID shutdown, to come together online and share their creator given talents while supporting one another.

Social Distance Pow Wow member participants upload videos of their respective dances for review and judging by their peers. Periodically these organized powwow contests include Grand Entries scheduled at specific times with live tagging by all encouraged!

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Summer Solstice Social Distance Powwow

2020 Contest Schedule

All Times are listed in EST

Please note:
Registration numbers are being updated throughout the day so if you don't see your number please check again at a later time.

6/19/20 - 6/21/20

All Times are listed in EST

Friday

June 19th

Voting Open Until 8pm Eastern

12pm-1pm

Hoop Dance Youth

1pm-2pm

Hoop Dance Adults

2pm-3pm

Singing Contest Womens

3pm-4pm

Singing Contest Mens

4pm-5pm

Singing Contest Group

Saturday

June 20th

Voting Open Until 8pm Eastern

10am-11am

Traditional Girls Youth 17

Traditional Women 18+

11am-12pm

Traditional Boys Youth 17

Traditional Men 18+

12pm-1pm

Jingle 17

Jingle 18+

1pm-2pm

Grass 17

Grass 18+

2pm-3pm

Fancy Shawl 17

Fancy Shawl 18+

3pm-4pm

Fancy Bustle 17

Fancy Bustle 18+

Sunday Finals

June 21st

Live Voting will be done via poll in the announcements and stay open for a half hour after each final live contest. The poll will be posted in the Social Distance Powwow Announcements.

10am-10:30 am

Traditional Girls Youth 17

10:30am-11am

Traditional Boys Youth 17

11am-11:30am

Jingle 17

11:30am-12pm

Grass 17

12pm-12:30pm

Fancy Shawl 17

12:30pm-1pm

Fancy Bustle 17

1pm-1:30pm

Traditional Women 18+

1:30pm-2pm

Traditional Men 18+

2pm-2:30pm

Jingle 18+

2:30pm-3pm

Grass 18+

3pm-3:30pm

Fancy Shawl 18+

3:30pm-4pm

Fancy Bustle 18+

4pm-4:30pm

Singing Contest Finals Women

4:30pm-5pm

Singing Contest Finals Men

5pm-5:30pm

Singing Contest Finals Group

5:30pm-6pm

Hoop Dance Youth Finals

6pm-6:30pm

Eastern Hoop Dance Adults

7pm

Announce Winners

2020 Virtual Festival

Dance Categories & Terminology

Men’s Traditional

This dancer wears a single eagle feather bustle. This traditional dancer symbolizes a warrior in battle, hunting, o gathering. They may hold dance sticks and decorated war clubs.

Women’s Traditional

This dancer has a long dress, mostly leather with intricate and extensive beadwork and long fringes. Their dance is slower and has a regal-like quality as they represent our Mother Earth and Grandmother Moon. They carry an eagle feather fan and folded shawl over their arm.

Men’s Grassdance

Long ago men would prepare the dance grounds by flattening the grassy area with a swinging kind of rhythmic style of dance. Their outfit has long fringes that emphasize their swaying style of dance.

Women’s Jingle

This style of dance is known as the healing dance. A medicine man had a vision of this dress adorned with many jingles as a way to heal a sick relative. This dress was made and the woman danced for the sick person and the person healed.

Men’s Fancy Bustle

This dancer wears two very colourful bustles on his back and has the fastest style. Competition represents an endurance feat, flashy eye-catching moves and the ability to stop on time to trick songs.

Women’s Fancy Shawl

Known as the butterfly dance, a legend exists of a young woman who lost her husband to war, fell into a spiral and curled up like a cocoon only to transform into a colourful butterfly. Her shawl is a big part of her outfit and has brilliant design colours. She displays rapid fancy footwork.

Grand Entry

A person of honour, usually a veteran, leads the dancers into the circle carrying our traditional eagle staff which represents the Indigenous Peoples flag. Next, the Canadian and American flags follow to represent all of the Indigenous people of Turtle Island (AKA North America). Everyone is asked to stand (unless you are not able) as a sign of respect for those who are being honoured and because it is the formal ceremonial part of opening a Pow Wow.

Pow wow Prizes
Youth Categories
ages 17 and under
Traditional - Male

1st – $500
2nd – $300
3rd – $200

Traditional - Female

1st – $500
2nd – $300
3rd – $200

Jingle

1st – $500
2nd – $300
3rd – $200

Grass

1st – $500
2nd – $300
3rd – $200

Fancy Shawl

1st – $500
2nd – $300
3rd – $200

Fancy Bustle

1st – $500
2nd – $300
3rd – $200

Adult Categories
ages 18 and up
Traditional - Male

1st – $500
2nd – $300
3rd – $200

Traditional - Female

1st – $500
2nd – $300
3rd – $200

Traditional - Female

1st – $500
2nd – $300
3rd – $200

Grass

1st – $500
2nd – $300
3rd – $200

Fancy Shawl

1st – $500
2nd – $300
3rd – $200

Fancy Bustle

1st – $500
2nd – $300
3rd – $200

Drum Categories
Mens

1st – $500
2nd – $300
3rd – $200

Womens

1st – $500
2nd – $300
3rd – $200

Couples & Families

1st – $500
2nd – $300
3rd – $200

Hoop Dance Specials
Adults

1st – $500
2nd – $300
3rd – $200

Child / youth

1st – $500
2nd – $300
3rd – $200

Pow Wow is a Celebration of Life

Bringing together artists, vendors and performers online to share their crafts, expertise and talents with all of Canada