Local Powwow welcomes everyone this weekend

The fourth annual Spirit of the Peace Powwow is set to take place this weekend.

Organizer Leanna Rhodes says the Powwow will educate the community about First Nations way of life.

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Since its inception four years ago, the group has grown anually and now boasts 129 dancers, with 40 more expected to be initiated this weekend.

Meanwhile, Rhodes says there are many misconceptions when it comes to Powwows.

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She also says people often think that regalia is a simple costume. But in truth, it has much more ceremonial and spiritual meaning. In fact, it could take anywhere from three weeks to six months to make detailed regalia.

The event kicks off with a Grand Opening this Friday at 7pm. The Powwow continues through the weekend on Saturday and Sunday from 1pm until 7 pm.

A free shuttle bus will run during the weekend, from the Co-Op Mall to the Powwow, at the Taylor District Ice Centre.