The twenty-first annual International Peace Pow Wow hosted by the Blackfoot Canadian Cultural Society took place over the weekend at the Enmax Centre in Lethbridge, Alta.
The two-day event consisted of a traditional Indigenous dance competition, along with music and visual arts from all across western North America.
The event brings together the nations of the Blackfoot Confederacy — Alberta’s Piikani, Kainai/Blood, and Siksika and Montana’s Blackfeet — as well as tribes and First Nation’s from across the continent according to organizers.
One of the dancers Global News spoke to was the ‘head lady dancer’ — she said she was very honoured and excited to have been chosen for the role.
“When I was a teenager, to be head lady dancer… it’s a big deal to be chosen,” said Levia Manywounds. “For me… from my understanding they selected me because of the role model I’ve been, the things I’ve been doing over the past couple of years,” she said.
Manywounds adds that she’s worked hard to be seen as a role model in her community.
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