Picture perfect Pow Wow: The annual Samson Cree Nation Pow Wow grand entry kicked off the weekend of festivities on Aug. 9, drawing a very large crowd of participants and spectators. Dancers dressed in full regalia took part before competing in the various dance categories, while each individual involved in the grand entry performed the sweetgrass blessing before entering the parade. Photos by Jordie Dwyer
Chiefs of Maskwacis: (R-L) Samson Cree Nation Chief Vernon Saddleback was joined by Louis Bull First Nation Chief Irvin Bull and Montana First Nation Chief Leonard Standing On The Road at the grand entry. The stand of solidarity of the chiefs was all part of this year’s theme of honouring and strengthening First Nation treaties.
Larron Northwest, right, receives a salute from one of the RCMP officers in the receiving line following the grand entry on Aug. 9. This honour of recognition is provided to Northwest, who is in his full dress uniform, due to his service to the British and Commonwealth.
By Jordie Dwyer
This year showcased the unity for Maskwacis first nations and the strengthening of treaties