Powwow at N.B. First Nation celebrates start of summer
Metepenagiag First Nation draws people from across Atlantic Canada
A First Nation in northern New Brunswick is celebrating the beginning of summer this weekend with a powwow that’s drawing people from as far away as Newfoundland and Cape Breton.
The powwow at Metepenagiag First Nation in Red Bank is an annual event and a chance to enjoy Mi’kmaq crafts, drumming, dancing and storytelling.
Singer Mindy Ward is one of a handful of Mi’kmaq speakers living in Red Bank, and has passed her appreciation of music and language on to her children.
"Having my daughter and watching her sing in her native tongue is something to be proud of," she said.
Henry Augustine travelled to the powwow from Elsipogtog First Nation and said it’s a chance to savour his culture and educate others.
"There's four colours of man in our teachings and the Creator put all these human beings together to help one another," he said.
The two-day event continued Sunday morning with a sunrise ceremony and will end with a traditional feast.