PHOTOS: Spirit of the People Powwow underway now in Chilliwack

Peter Anthony of Chase, B.C. takes part in an intertribal dance during the Spirit of the People Powwow at Chilliwack secondary on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)
Justin Louis carries the eagle staff during the first grand entry of the Spirit of the People Powwow at Chilliwack secondary on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)
People take part in the first grand entry during the Spirit of the People Powwow at Chilliwack secondary on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)
Diane Sandy with the Bonaparte First Nation takes part in an intertribal dance during the Spirit of the People Powwow at Chilliwack secondary on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)
One-year-old Natuasis Louis naps during an intertribal dance during the Spirit of the People Powwow at Chilliwack secondary on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)
Vancouver’s Love Medicine beats the drum during the Spirit of the People Powwow at Chilliwack secondary on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)
People take part in the golden age men dance during the Spirit of the People Powwow at Chilliwack secondary on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)
People take part in an intertribal dance during the Spirit of the People Powwow at Chilliwack secondary on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Thousands of people have gathered for the Spirit of the People Powwow at Chilliwack secondary this weekend.

The first grand entry of the powwow, which took place at 1 p.m. Saturday, kicked off the dancing and celebrations at the cultural event.

There’s a specific order in which people and symbols come in to the grand entry. First the eagle staffs are brought in, followed by the flags. Veterans proceed next, followed by royalty, chiefs, elders, adults, teens and children.

People from across B.C., Alberta and Washington State came together for the free powwow which is open to the public all day today (Saturday) and Sunday.

READ MORE: Sharing stories, songs, dance at Spirit of the People Powwow in Chilliwack


 

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