‘Follow the Rock’ Shines Spotlight on First Nations Basketball Tourney

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown August 10th, 2017 Last Updated on: August 10th, 2017

CBC recently posted up a short doc called “Follow the Rock”, which follows two players as they travel to and compete in the All Native Basketball Tournament is more than a competition.

Nations don’t just bring their best basketball players — they bring their cultures as well. The tournament opens with a huge four-hour ceremony, where each team proudly dances into the gym to the sound of traditional drumming and song.

The crowds are raucous, the energy is infectious and the pride and sense of celebration is unparalleled. Events sell out and spectators who don’t even like basketball flock to the tournament for the culture, the food and the community.

Watch the doc below, which features players Jacob Thom (Kitkatla) and Luke Robinson (Ahousaht Nation).

The 2018 tournament will be held February 11th-17th, so make sure you tune in! Canada's First Nations Radio (CFNR) is the official broadcaster of the tournament where you can listen in on select games with play by play action and video stream.

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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