National Aboriginal History Month Day Six: pwâtisimowin

CalendarUrban Native Magazine and Regina Aboriginal Professionals Association have launched a photograph challenge (for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) in honour of National Aboriginal History Month. They’re using the Twitter hashtag #NAHM2015PhotoADay.

Here at the Cree Literacy Network, we’ve decided to play along, by gathering the images suggested – but (with help from Solomon Ratt) captioning them in Cree.

For Day Six, the word is Powwow:

pwâtisimowin / ᑇᑎᓯᒧᐏᐣ  (literally, Sioux dance)

FNU Powwow, 2015

Thanks to Sol for this photo from the 2015 First Nations University Powow that captures a small but powerful taste of the colour, the motion and the chaos. For an even more fabulous display, visit the photo gallery at http://www.rezxmag.com/photo-gallery-2015-fnuniv-annual-spring-powwow-celebration-75-pics-and-story/.

From Tyrone Tootoosis – just in time for our word of the day – this list of upcoming powwows. If you’re lucky, maybe one will be near you!

POWWOW SEASON IS HERE!!!!
15th Annual Osage River Powwow
June 19 – June 21
10 Ball Park Rd, Tuscumbia, Mo – 65082

Prairie Band Potawatomi Pow Wow
June 05 – June 07
150th & M Road, Mayetta, KS

Tule River Youth PowWow
June 06 – June 06
308 N Reservation Rd, Porterville, Ca – 93257

19th Annual National Aboriginal Day Soaring Spirit Festival Pow Wow
June 19 – June 21
1000 Main St. E, hamilton, Ontario (ON) – L8S 1B2

T.O.P.I.C’s 39th Annual Pow-Wow
June 27 – June 28
5 Blue Hill River Road, Canton , MA – 02021

Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas 47th Annual Powwow
June 05 – June 06
U.S Highway 190 16 Miles East, Livingston , TX

20th Annual Coushatta Pow Wow
June 12 – June 13
777 Coushatta D, Kinder, LA – 70648

41st Annual Tonkawa Tribal Pow-Wow
June 26 – June 28
1 Rush Buffalo Rd, Tonkawa, OK – 74653

25th Annual Eastern Delaware Nations Forksville Powwow
June 20 – June 21
Rt. 154, Forksville, PA – 18616

8th Annual “Return to Our Lands” Pow-wow
June 19 – June 21
Lac des Mille Lacs First Nation, Upsala, ON – P0T 2Y0

17th Annual Mawiomi Powwow
June 13 – June 14
11222 St. Peters Road, Scotchfort, PE – C0A 1T0

American Indian Council of Laredo Pow Wow
June 12 – June 13
2400 San Bernardo Ave., Laredo, TX

3rd Annual Family Pow-Wow
June 20 – June 21
Anadarko, Anadarko, OK

The 41st Annual Native American Pow-Wow
June 13 – June 14
RT 118 Park Street, Attleboro, MA

San Luis Rey Band of Luiseno Mission Indians 19th Annual Inter-tribal Powwow
June 13 – June 14
4050 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, CA

Annual Veterans Pow Wow
June 05 – June 07
6700 Totem Beach Avenue, Tulalip , WA

15th Annual Table Mountain Rancheria Pow Wow
June 12 – June 14
8184 Table Mountain Road, Friant, CA

24th Annual “Honoring our Veterans” Competition Pow Wow
June 26 – June 28
Brimley, Brimley, MI

COZAD Family Father’s Day Celebration
June 21 – June 21
Carnegie, Carnegie, OK

2015 Intertribal Children’s Pow-Wow
June 13 – June 13
On South 613 Rd, Miami, OK

16th Annual Miami Nation PowWow
June 26 – June 27
2319 Newman Rd., Miami, OK – 74354

TURTLE 5K & FUN RUN
June 13 – June 13
830 D SE, Miami, OK – 74354

Aamjiwnaang First Nation 54th Annual Pow Wow
June 20 – June 21
1972 Virgil Avenue, Sarnia, ON

Muckleshoot Veteran’s Powwow
June 19 – June 21
Auburn, Auburn, WA

Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi Annual Powwow
June 20 – June 21
1485 MNO-Bmadzewen Way, Fulton, MI – 49052

10th Annual Spirit of the Peace Competition Pow wow
June 12 – June 14
Taylor, Taylor, BC

12th Annual Tinker Inter-Tribal Council Pow-Wow
June 13 – June 13
8700 E. Reno Ave., Midwest City, OK

Murrow Indian Children’s Home 4th Annual Benefit Pow-Wow
June 20 – June 20
2412 E. Shawnee Bypass, Muskogee, OK

Na-Me-Res 2015 Traditional Outdoor Powwow
June 21 – June 21
250 Fort York Boulevard, Toronto, ON – M5V 3K9

Washunga Days 2015 Powwow
June 19 – June 20
Dunlap Road and X Avenue , Council Grove, Kansas – 66846

Summer Solstice Competition Powwow
June 19 – June 21
Ottawa, Ottawa, ON – K1S 5B7

Kanatsiohareke Strawberry Festival
June 27 – June 28
4934 State Hwy 5, Fonda, NY

Pit River Tribe Presents: The 8th Annual Contest Pow-wow
June 19 – June 21
20265 Tamarack Avenue, Barney, CA – 96013

Red Earth Festival
June 05 – June 07
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City, OK

Plains Indian Museum Powwow 2015
June 20 – June 21
720 Sheridan Avenue, Cody, WY – 82414

Eastern Shoshone Indian Days Powwow
June 26 – June 28
Old Wind River Highway, Fort Washakie, WY – 82514

Sunrise Pow Wow, Taylorville IL
June 05 – June 07
1716 Spresser Street, Taylorville, IL – 62568

Driftpile First Nation Competition Pow Wow
June 26 – June 28
Alberta, Alberta, AB

About Arden Ogg

Arden Ogg is Director of the Cree Literacy Network, a not-for-profit-in-the-making with the goal of creating Cree language literacy materials suitable for use by learners of all ages.
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