Experience hosted by Sissy

  1. 90 mins
  2. Hosted in English

What you'll do

Indigenous *Powwow Dance Experience

*Powwow dances are practiced by First Nations People in Canada as a form of prayer, ceremony & celebration of culture. It includes a variety of dance styles, cultural regalia & drum songs.

During this experience, participants will learn about Powwow, what it is, its importance to Indigenous People, stories of each style and teachings of respect and integrity.

The session will begin with a Smudge Ceremony to cleanse the space and get started in a good way. This will be followed by an opening circle, giving participants a chance to share and learn through the use of stories and teachings from my culture.

A large part of these teachings surround the outfits and regalia we wear as Powwow dancers, and guests will have a chance to interact with various pieces of regalia. This includes: beadwork, furs, hair ties, fancy ribbon shawl and other pieces.

*Please refrain from consuming alcohol or illicit substances if you wish to participate in this portion of the experience

The final components will be a custom Powwow dance demonstration of one of the three women's Powwow dance styles. As well as an invitation to learn a basic Powwow step and a group Round dance, honouring the cycle of life, connection and community in a circle format. There will also be time for questions throughout.

Please wear footwear and clothing suitable for outdoors.
Other things to note
Don't be afraid to ask questions, get involved and have fun!

**Smudging Ceremony does involve the burning of traditional medicines. This creates smoke. If you have asthma or breathing issues, just be aware and take precautions.
Indigenous *Powwow Dance Experience

*Powwow dances are practiced by First Nations People in Canada as a form of prayer, ceremony & celebration of culture. It includes a variety of dance styles, cultural regalia & drum songs.

During this experience, participants will learn about Powwow, what it is, its importance to Indigenous People, stories of each style and teachings of respect and integrity.

The session will…

Meet your Host, Sissy

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Sissy Thiessen is a Treaty 6 Nakota Sioux, Cree & German Indigenous cultural facilitator, Powwow dancer, crafter/beader, spoken word poet and creative writer from Edmonton, Alberta. As a mixed First Nations woman, she maintains family connections in both Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation and Steinbach, Manitoba. She studied Communications & Journalism at Mount Royal University and has won various awards in the areas of community enrichment, cultural involvement and journalism. For the past 7 years, she has been living her passion of educating Albertans of all ages on Indigenous history, issues & culture through dance, crafting, play and the written word. She currently works in her community of Edmonton facilitator of the Kairos Blanket Exercise, Powwow dancer, circle facilitator and youth programmer.
Sissy Thiessen is a Treaty 6 Nakota Sioux, Cree & German Indigenous cultural facilitator, Powwow dancer, crafter/beader, spoken word poet and creative writer from Edmonton, Alberta. As a mixed First Nations woman, she maintains family connections in both Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation and Steinbach, Manitoba. She studied Communications & Journalism at Mount Royal University and has won various awards in the areas of community enrichment, cultural involvement and journalism. For the past 7 years, she…
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Where you'll be

Experience will take place in the lovely outdoor at the Indigenous Art Park ᐄᓃᐤ (ÎNÎW) River Lot 11 10380 Queen Elizabeth Park Rd in Edmonton, AB. Tucked right into Edmontons' lush river valley, ÎNÎW is home to creative and cultural masterpieces which share teachings of multiple Albertan, Indigenous artists. There is access to bathrooms across the street in Queen Elizabeth Park and the space is wheelchair accessible (with some gravel pathway).

Things to know

Guest requirements

Guests ages 6 and up can attend, up to 10 guests total. Parents can also bring children under 2 years of age.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.

What to bring

Comfortable clothes and shoes
Water
Clothing suitable for the weather

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.