Tourism & Culture
At powwows we gather in a circle. In a circle, no one is higher than anyone else, everyone is equal. Our dancers move in a circle, searching the ground for the footprints of our ancestors in order to follow their ways. The drum beats out the solemn rhythm of all creation. It is the sound we remember from before we were born. It is the rhythm of our mothers' heartbeat. The drums summon up a memory that is common to us all.
Powwow means gathering, or celebration.
Traditionally, families had to scatter far and wide to be able to find enough game to feed themselves throughout the long and harsh Canadian winter. The powwow took place each year when families and friends were reunited to dance, drum, feast and give thanks to the Creator. Each community had its own time for gathering - Spring, Summer, Winter or Fall. At Curve Lake we still hold and annual powwow, bringing together Natives and non-Natives, to honour our ancestors and uphold this sacred tradition.
Our First Nation is visited by some 80,000 to 100,000 friends, family, business travelers and tourists annually. Of all surrounding First Nations, Curve Lake is the only one to operate a full time cultural centre. Visitors to our community are more than welcome to come and share in what our First Nation has to offer. This includes:
- Our Cultural Centre which is located at our small business centre in the heart of our community.
- Visiting our beautiful public areas: Henry’s Gaming and Eco Dock; Lance Woods Park; and Cenotaph.
- For overnight visitors you may be interested in renting one of our two waterfront properties or three eco cabins (see cabins for details).
- Visit our annual Fall Pow Wow held on the third weekend of September.
- Shopping at the various retail stores and food vendors within the community or engaging in the services of various tourism experience providers within the community (fishing guides, birders, boat tours etc.)
Our members would like to remind visitors to be respectful of our First Nation including obeying the local speed limits and refraining from littering.
Curve Lake POW WOW
Every year, the end of the summer here brings with it the annual Curve Lake Pow Wow.
This celebration consists of two days of dancing, contests and presentations, to re-establish old friendships and meet new people, with many vendors and performers in attendance. As every year, all of our neighbors from the surrounding towns are welcome to join us in most of the festivities.
The Pow Wow takes place only a few minutes' drive from Whetung Ojibwa Centre (see map). Just turn left at the first intersection beyond the Whetung Gallery and follow the sound of the drums!
We invite you to combine your tour of our gallery with your visit to this spectacular annual event for a day of cultural discovery and pleasant entertainment.
Come join us at our annual PowWow.
Enjoy traditional foods, dances, songs and stories!
Never been to a Pow wow?
Pow Wow Tips:
- During Grand Entry, everyone stands as the Eagle Staff, the flags and the dancers enter. The Master of Ceremonies will announce other events that require standing as a gesture of respect.
- Consider the privacy of the participants. Ask permission before you photograph or record people. This includes the spectators and craftspeople as well as the dancers and singers.
- Certain dances and ceremonies are not to be recorded or photographed. The Master of Ceremonies will announce when such activities are not allowed.
- Do not touch the dancers' regalia. These have special meanings and the handmade regalia, which can cost thousands of dollars, are cherished and often made by a respected family members.
- Feel free to join in the intertribal dancing. The Master of Ceremonies will announce these dances and invite all to join.
- No drugs or alcohol are allowed at Powwows.
- Pets are not permitted on the Powwow grounds.
- Remember to bring your lawn chairs, sun block and a good appetite. See you there!