Hundreds of Area Students Experience First Nations Culture

Close to a thousand students from across Windsor Essex are getting a taste of First Nations culture.

A Pow Wow is being held at the St. Clair College Sportsplex.

 

There are ceremonial marches, dancers in traditional garb and drum circles.

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Hundreds of students join traditional dancers at the Pow Wow, St. Clair College, June 6, 2019 (by AM800's Peter Langille)

Grade 2 students Gavin Martindale and Charlie Pretty from MJ Bennie School tell AM800's Peter Langille it's fun and educational.

"It felt like an awesome time, it's my first time trying to do it. 'Do you think you're learning stuff.'  Yes, we're learning a lot, it was really awasome."

Tyler White is a First Nations and Metis Support Worker with the Greater Essex County District School Board.

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Tyler White, First Nations and Metis Support Worker with the Greater Essex County District School Board, June 6, 2019 (by AM800's Peter Langille)

He says they wanted to bring in as many students as possible.

"The main goal of the Pow Wow is to invite as many students as we could, which we're done this year to come and join in the First Nations dancing and singing."

White says the students will learn a lot about aboriginal culture.

"We have six different dance styles, three from the men and three from the women.  And that's what the Pow Wow is, just a song with the big drum.  They all come in they kind of gather around and dance around.  They have their own specific dance styles, we'll put that on display as well, they'll get their own songs."

This is the fourth year for the Pow Wow, but the first time at St. Clair College.

It's also the first time it's being held during the week and can be treated as a field trip.