RCMP Officer Dances at Waterhen First Nation Pow Wow

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown August 17th, 2015 Last Updated on: August 17th, 2015


We've all seen videos of police officers getting down at street festivals and breakdancing with the kids. How about at a pow wow?

Morningdawn Wapass was on hand at a Waterhen First Nation Pow Wow in Saskatchewan, Canada on Aug. 10, 2015 to capture one such incident! Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Const. J.P. Gauthier was feeling that pow wow beat and couldn't hold back!

“I was welcomed by the music, by the beat,” Gauthier told CBC News. “It just makes you float, and then you start to dance and follow the people.”

An invite from the community had him dancing in honour of the elders. Gauthier said at first he was a bit shy, but advice helped him get over being nervous.

“Somebody told me this weekend, there is no judging in the powwow ground. There is no reason of being shy because here everybody is the same, everybody is the same people, and everybody wants the same thing,” he said.

I love it! More sharing and respecting of cultures!

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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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