The powwow intertwines threads of history, passion, pride, and spirit. Indigenous communities unite as one for a grand entry into the arena, putting on a spectacular and powerful display of pride.
After introductions, the traditional drumming and dancing began. It is not just a spectacle; it is a full-body, sensory experience, as Indigenous people dance around the floor. Their intricate movements are in time with the deep drum beat, and I watch in awe.
As I stood on the edge of the red carpet, one individual dressed in full regalia stood out. Proud and strong, Peter Anthony was the most charismatic dancer on the floor, dancing from his very soul. His talent was recognized when he won the senior men's competition.
I shot a portrait photograph of Peter, and posted it on Instagram. A couple hours later, Peter's granddaughter, Kira, sent me a direct message. She had seen the photo through the hashtag #powwow and exclaimed, "That's my Grandpa! His name is Peter Anthony!"
I never would have thought these connections and community would happen from taking this photo.
“I’ll never forget watching him run towards the little table in the arbour at Beaver Lake, after getting first place with a great big smile on his face,” Kira said.
“It really warms my heart to watch him dance. He dances from the heart and he dances because he loves to.”