Pow Wow 101 – Lakehead University

Pow Wow 101 Jingle Dress
Jingle Dancer - The jingle dress is a healing regalia.

Pow Wow 101 Lakehead University
Karter, a Grade One student in Thunder Bay enjoys some bannock at the Pow Wow 101

THUNDER BAY – Updated– Pow Wow 101 was the course tonight at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. The course, put on by LU’s Aborginal Cultural and Support Services was hosted by Dave Simard and Thunder Mountain Singers.

Pow Wow 101 – A night of learning

Jingle Dance


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The goal of course is sharing the Indigenous culture. Thunder Bay’s population, including Fort William First Nation is growing quickly. At Lakehead University the School of Medicine, and the Faculty of Law are both focused on providing specific courses that focus on the Indigenous culture of our region.

Pow Wow 101 Jingle Dress
Jingle Dancer – The jingle dress is a healing regalia.

Grass Dance


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The grass dance, like all of the dances at a Pow Wow have their history in the culture of the First Peoples. Dave Simard shared how the dance started from the men flattening the long grass for a new camp so that ceremonies could be held at the location.

The dancers through their steps, flatten down the grass.

In the video, there are two styles of dancers doing the grass dance.

Lakehead University LUNSA 25th Anniversary Pow Wow

On March 15-17 2013 the Lakehead University Native Students Association will host the 25th Anniversary Pow Wow.


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The event is the culmination of the school year for Lakehead University students, and offers a great way to end the academic year. 

For the second year, NetNewsledger will be offering the LUNSA Pow Wow in a Live-stream broadcast

Learning about our Indigenous Culture is a great way of uniting Thunder Bay.

The Chicken Dance

The dance is considered to have a strong spiritual meaning.


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Honouring the Women


Honouring the Women at Lakehead University – Pow Wow 101 by netnewsledger

Safe Travels

The last song at a Pow Wow is the Traveller’s Song. It is to help keep everyone safe on their journey home.

Pow Wow 101 Dancers – Safe Travels by netnewsledger

LUNSA Pow Wow

Thunder Mountain Singers
At the centre is the drum. The Thunder Mountain Singers drumming at Pow Wow 101


Pow Wow 101 Lakehead University
Women’s Traditional Dancer – A powerful dance to showcase the respect for women in traditional culture


Lakehead University Pow Wow 101
Men’s Traditional Dancer – a strong and powerful protector in traditional culture


Lakehead University Pow Wow 101
The smiles and the pride in their culture shine through. Many believe now, the 8th Fire is the time the Elders shared would happen is happening