The New Credit Cultural Committee hosted the 30th annual Three Fires Homecoming Powwow and Traditional Gathering on August 27 and 28, 2016. The theme of the powwow was “Showcasing the Mississaugas – Our Talent, Our heritage, Our land.”
The powwow started on Friday with a concert featuring five New Credit musicians performing outside in the tent, which was very well attended. Saturday started with the Traditional Sunrise Ceremony, with Grand Entry taking place at 1 p.m., followed by a Traditional Feast at 5 p.m.
Sunday the flags retired at 5 p.m.
The powwow is a way for First Nations people to share their unique customs and cultural identity through the heartbeat of the drum, song and way of life.
The Traditional Powwow was (and still is) a way of life for many Mississaugas. The three fires are symbolic of the Mississauga people’s traditional and political alliance with the other Ojibway, Odawa and Potawatomi Nations.
We had approximately 2,000 paid visitors and many children attending. We had approximately another 1,500 visitors throughout the weekend including Friday’s attendance.
There were 160 dancers, six drum groups and many other participants.
Approximately 100 volunteers made this powwow a great success.
Fifty First Nations food and craft vendors offered their products for sale and dancers got to shine under the new arbor that was created this year due to safety issues.
Throughout the powwow we offered environmentally-friendly alternatives.
The powwow was financed by the Mississaugas of the New Credit Chief and Council and by donations from local businesses. The Friday evening concert raised food donations and over $300 for the local food bank.
We are looking forward to expanding the powwow to the Green Willow property.
More details to come.