Kids dance around the arbour at the Neyaashiinigmiing Anishinaabekiing 34th annual Powwow Saturday, August 18, 2018 in Owen Sound, Ont. Scott Dunn/The Owen Sound Sun Times/Postmedia Network
Scott Dunn / Scott Dunn/Sun Times
This weekend’s powwow at Neyaashiinigmiing is expected to be the biggest in its 35-year history.Neyaashiinigmiing Pwaagngaa will feature up to 20 drum groups, easily triple the number of drums which traditionally have come to the powwow, said Geewadin Elliott, whose father is being honoured at this year’s event.“It’s anticipated that it’s going to be the largest powwow in the 35 years that it’s been there,” Elliott said.Arthur “Butch” Elliott re-introduced the drum to the community and taught a lot of young men how to sing, fostering a lot of pride in their culture, his son said in an interview. His father died in 2008. The powwow grounds will be named in his honour this weekend.The Ahzdayoniquot Memorial Drum Contest is named after Butch Elliott’s traditional name, meaning “the force that moves the clouds.” The two-day contest will also likely more dancers, Elliott said.He said it will be the largest drum competition in Ontario this year.Butch Elliott’s own long-time drum group, in which he sang, is coming out of retirement from all across the Great Lakes to be there this weekend.“It’s going to be pretty epic,” Elliott said.Things get started at Cape Croker Park on Friday night, when entertainment will be by open mic from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Grand entry Saturday will happen at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. and again at noon Sunday.Bring a lawn chair, no alcohol or drugs allows are allowed and pets aren’t welcome. Organizers advise anyone taking pictures or video to get permission of the veteran, elder, drummer or dancer first.Admission is free for elders and for those 55-years of age and older, and for children six years and younger. Otherwise, admission costs $5.For more information, email email@example.com.