1st ANNUAL IINISKIM CROSS-CULTURAL POWWOW
The Iiniskim Powwow committee presents a cross-cultural gathering of indigenous nations and the Banff community. “Iiniskim” means buffalo stone in Blackfoot and it is a sacred, buffalo calling stone. Iinniistuk refers to the mountain in Banff shaped like a sleeping buffalo. It sits at the centre of the Banff area, at the cross section of five valleys and has been a place for learning, vision quests and ceremonies for thousands of years.
The Iiniskim Cross Cultural Powwow will feature drumming, singing, regalia, dancing, and cultural education, and everybody is welcome to take part or observe. Participants can compete for prize monies in 9 categories of adult dancers and 7 categories of teen dancers and children’s categories. There will also be social dances for all participants and spectators to get involved in. No dance outfit is required for social dances or inter-tribals.
Another purpose of this powwow is to honour and share knowledge of the ceremonial traditions and protocols of the celebration. It is also to pay tribute to the exceptional graduates of the Indigenous Leadership and Management Program at The Banff Centre who, since 1994, have become tribal leaders in Western Canada. The celebration also pays tribute to some of the founding families of the Town of Banff.
The event venue will be open for a full day of scheduled programming from 11am to 11pm, led by a professional arena director and powwow announcers, who will explain the different songs and dances as they unfold. Visitors and participants will have the opportunity to purchase food and non-alcoholic beverages from the concession and indigenous handicrafts from vendor booths.
When: Saturday, June 25, from 11am-11pm (Dancer registration at 10am)
Where: Fenlands Recreation Centre, 100 Mt Norquay Rd, Banff, Alberta, Canada (click for map)
Who: Everyone is invited to watch and to take part! Entry fee is $5 for adults, $3 for youth (7-17 years), free for children (under 7).
Please note the Fenlands parking lot is reserved for dancers, drummers, staff and invited honourees. Walk, ride, or take public transit to the event! Limited parking is also available at the Juniper Hotel, just across the highway. For more parking options, check www.banff.ca/parking
A marketplace will be set up by local vendors with a variety of handicrafts for sale. Interested vendors can contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Out of town visitors can look up www.banfflakelouise.com/Places-to-Stay for accommodation options.
Interested in helping out? Please email email@example.com and include your name, phone number, the times you are available, and if you have a preferred area to help out.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the event or booth rental.