The Moose Jaw branch of the Western Development Museum (WDM) is keeping busy as the fall season approaches, and you don’t want to miss the museum’s biggest event of the year.
“Our biggest upcoming event will be our powwow,” said WDM program and volunteer coordinator Alexis Jones. “It’s a three-day event.”
The powwow is made possible through a partnership with the Wakamow Aboriginal Community Association (WACA) and the WDM.
“There will be a Truth and Reconciliation event Friday morning… so we will have different speakers, a singer, and a drummer there,” explained Jones. The presentation will run from 10:30 a.m. until around noon.
On each date, there will be a grand entry for the day’s powwow event.
“The first grand entry for the powwow is 6 p.m. on Friday,” Jones said. On Saturday there will be two grand entries taking place, the first at 1 p.m. and a second will take place at 6 p.m. On Sunday, a final grand entry will take place at 1 p.m. to end the three-day event.
The Moose Jaw Co-op is helping to sponsor the event. “There will be a free family barbecue (provided by the Co-op) and spin the wheel for free prizes and a draw,” confirmed Jones.
“There will also be vendors throughout, with different booths featuring Indigenous creators,” she said.
Additionally, on Sept. 28, the WDM has partnered with other organizations to provide a curator-guided walking tour at the upcoming Wakšúpi Lakota beadwork exhibit at the Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery (MMAG). “It’s a big event, and we’re all partnering up for it,” Jones said.
The guest curator for the event will be Dr. Claire Thomson with Parks Canada. Thomson is also the volunteer secretary for the Wood Mountain Historical Society and has earned her Ph. D in Lakota history.
The exhibition will showcase a wide assortment of Indigenous beadwork from a variety of Lakota artists, and the guided tour will help guests see the world through the Lakota perspective.
The powwow event runs from Sept. 28 to Oct. 1 at the museum, and family-friendly activities are scheduled throughout. For more information, contact Alexis Jones at 306-693-5989 or stop by the museum between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
The Western Development Museum in Moose Jaw is located at 50 Diefenbaker Drive.
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