Georgian College moving annual pow wow online featuring virtual dance-off with $750 on the line

Women's competition this week, teen next week, men's division after that

Georgian College’s annual Pow Wow is, like so many other events this year, going virtual.

The college is holding its very first Pow Wow At Home Virtual Festival to celebrate and learn about Indigenous culture, song, and dance. The event is organized by the Barrie Campus Indigenous Resource Centre’s students and staff, and this year features virtual dance competitions all month long. Each competition category offers a first prize of $750. The categories have been broken up between women, men, and teenagers, who will be competing over the next three weeks.

“Every year we have amazing dancers, drummers and crafters come together for a really special event but naturally we needed to do things a little differently this year,” said Special Events Co-ordinator Beedahsiga Elliott. “So, we’ve moved the Pow Wow virtually and also made it a fun dance competition. We’re asking our dancers to submit video of their style of dance and to choose their own music. All the videos will then be compiled together and we’ll have a contest to see who danced the best.”

Everyone is invited to follow the hashtag #GCPowWowAtHome on Youtube and other platforms, and help choose the winner in each category by liking and commenting on preferred performances.

The women’s competition takes place this week, with the winner announced on March 12; the teen category will run March 15 to 19, and the men’s competition from March 22 to 26.