Despite a delay in the opening grand entry on Friday, Kamloops Powwow made its customary entry with a swirling spectacle of dance.
Thousands of spectators and hundreds of dancers wearing rainbows of regalia converged on the powwow grounds and arbour over the weekend for the annual extravaganza, the largest powwow in Western Canada.
The event was unusually quiet in the hours leading up to the opening as a result of traffic tie-ups caused by a fatal highway accident west of Chase. Organizers held off the grand entry for an hour as more people arrived. By 8 p.m., the heat of the day had begun to subside, bringing some relief to people who’d come prepared with spray bottles and paper fans.
Once again, the Sage Hills Drummers served as host drum, pounding away with a thunderous rhythm for the dancing masses. One by one, the various categories of dancers were ushered into the arena, joining in a giant revolving ensemble.
Tk’emlups Chief Shane Gottfriedson hosted the men’s fancy dance category on Saturday.