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Saskatoon Urban Indians Hold Successful Christmas Pow Wow

SASKATCHEWAN INDIAN      JANUARY 1975      v04 n01 p12  
A successful Christmas powwow, sponsored by the Saskatoon Urban Indian Society, was held at the Western Development Museum in Saskatoon on December 14 and 15th. Dancers and singers from all parts of Western Canada as well as some from the United States attended.

The opening ceremonies were attended by Attorney-General Roy Romanow, Mayor of Saskatoon, Bert Sears, and Senator Sid Buckwold, former mayor of Saskatoon.

In his opening remarks, the Attorney General commented upon the beauty of the traditional dancing and expressed the hope that this would continue on to enrich the cultural diversity of Saskatchewan. The Mayor of Saskatoon welcomed all visitors to the city and to the Pow-wow, while Senator Buckwold brought greetings from Ottawa. Gifts were presented to the three and various chiefs and war veterans were introduced.

A familiar figure at many summer pow-wows, "The Sasquatch" entertained the audience with his peculiar methods of dance, facial expressions and occasional jumps at the audience. Champion hoop dancer, Joe Roan of Robb, Alberta, also performed along with Bill Brittain of Gordon's School who is learning the dance.

Several dancing clubs were in attendance and performed at intervals throughout the two-day event. Accommodation and meals were available at the Friendship Centre and Museum. The Pow-wow Committee had decided not to hold competitions but to award trophies to those they felt deserved some recognition for their efforts and performance.

The winners were: Youngest Female Performer - Jeannette Goodwill of Standing Buffalo; youngest Male Performer - Byron Goodwill of Standing Buffalo; All-round Male Performer - Joe Roan of Robb, Alberta; All-round Female Performer - Noreen Gilbeault of Winnipeg; Female Special Performance - Charlotte Wolfchild of Rocky Boy, Montana; Male Special Performance - Arsene Tootoosis of Poundmakers.

The hand game champions were the Cree-Chipewa Singers of Rockey Boy, Montana. The Fort Qu'Appelle Sioux Dancers were awarded the trophy for Dance Troupe Performance and the Winnipeg Dance Troupe was awarded a trophy for travelling the furthest distance. Roy Akachak of Fort Qu'Appelle and Roberta Bear of Little Pine were awarded Youngsters Special Performance trophies.

Ed Lavallee, chairman of the Pow-wow Committee, estimated the dancers to number about 230. Much effort went into the pow-wow and Ed would like to thank all those who helped by billeting visitors, cooking meals and all the other tasks involved in making a pow-wow a success.