February 7th, 2016 Last Updated on: August 14th, 2016
This 2005 documentary from Blackbird Productions takes us to a pow wow in northern Saskatchewan. There's loads of behind-the-scenes footage and interviews along with the dances, drumming and singing we all love.
Here's a bit more about the documentary's synopsis below:
Alvin Manitopyes explains the powwow's evolution from the age of the buffalo hunt and warrior societies to the more social event it is today. Thomas Christian discusses the discipline dancers must bring to the art form and the storytelling that goes along with it. Sheldon “Laughing Horse” Sutherland points out the subtle and countless ways performers express their personal style. Linda Standing, Cecile Nepoose and Charles Rabbitskin explain the spiritual significance of the exquisite handcrafted regalia. Intercut with the powwow's hypnotic whir of movement, colour and sound, these individuals and others share their personal reasons for taking part in this ancient tradition and its enormous impact on their identity.
Watch it in full below!
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