2019 Chief William Fathers Day Pow Wow
Join us for the 35th Annual Chief William Fathers Day Pow Wow on June 14-16, 2019 at Chief Will-Yum Campsite and Arbor in Williams Lake, BC Canada. The Chief William Fathers Day Pow Wow is an opportunity to honor and celebrate both fathers and First Nations culture with competitions, dancing, special tributes and pageantry.
Chief William Fathers Day Pow Wow
There will be a traditional lehal tournament on Friday at the Chief William Fathers Day Pow Wow, where teams of up to six will face each other to compete in the game that is played to celebrate powwows and gatherings. Saturday will be filled with the Traditional Pow Wow dancing, the Chief William Princess Pageant and feast. Sunday will host another Grand Entry and once again be the day of the traditional giveaway.
Public Welcome -Free Admission
Pow Wow Activities & Schedule
Lehal Tournament. Entry fee is $100 for teams of up to 6 players.
5 pm warm up.
1 pm Grand Entry and Chief William Princess Pageant followed by a traditional feast
7 pm Grand Entry
1 pm Grand Entry followed by the traditional giveaway.
The Chief William Fathers Day Pow Wow will be hosted by Buck Sheena and Arena Director is Jim Edgar.
Chief Will-Yum Campsite and Arbor
2581 Cariboo Hwy
150 Mile House
Williams Lake, BC Canada V0K 2G0
For Further Information:
Virginia Gilbert (250) 267 6588 or JoAnne Moiese (250) 267 7147
The Chief William Fathers Day Pow Wow is a family friendly event. No alcohol or drugs be permitted. Make sure to RSVP on Facebook and let your friends know that you are attending.
What is Lehal?
Lehal is an ancient First Nation’s game which consists of two opposing teams. There are two pairs of “bones”, one pair with a stripe and one without. The game also uses a set of scoring sticks (usually ten) and in some areas a “kick” or “king” stick—an extra stick won by the team who gets to start the game. The game is usually accompanied by drumming and singing used to boost the morale of the team. The side that has the bones sings, while the other tries to guess. The musical accompaniment is also sometimes used to taunt the other team. Players and spectators may place bets on teams, or individual matches within the game between one guess and the other team’s bone hiders.
The entire weekend is free to the public and held at the Chief William Campsite and Arbor, Williams Lake Indian Band.
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