Pow Wow reaches 30

Shuswap residents are invited to the Sqwlax 30th Anniversary Pow Wow. The three-day, family-friendly event July 21 to 23 at Quaaout Lodge

  • Jul. 19, 2013 2:00 p.m.
Beautiful colours and traditional dancers are a feature of the annual Sqwlax Pow Wow.

Beautiful colours and traditional dancers are a feature of the annual Sqwlax Pow Wow.

Shuswap residents are invited to the Sqwlax 30th Anniversary Pow Wow.

The three-day, family-friendly event July 21 to 23 at Quaaout Lodge and Talking Rock Golf Course has fun and education all wrapped into one.

There will be a number of dancing contests for adults, teens and children, as well as drumming contests.

Several arts and crafts booths will be set up on the grounds, as well as traditional and more modern vendors. Exciting stick games will also be taking place.

There will be a special Owl Dance performed for couples who met during the Sqwlax pow wow and are still together today. The  dates for this event are from 1981 to 2003.

There will also be a look back  at the area’s past princesses and little braves. Where are they now? All former princesses and braves who were part of the pow wow events from 1981 until 2012 may participate in this event.

Eugene Cardinal will be the MC throughout the three-day event.

Chiniki Lake will be the host drum from Morley, Alberta and the Whitehorse Singers will be the honorary drum.

Organizers stress that no drugs or alcohol will be permitted on the site.

Admission is $10 for a day pass, with elders, 64 or over, and children under 10, getting in free. Weekend passes are available for $20.

Camping fees are also being waived this year;  however, all children and youth must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.