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2019 Akwesasne Powwow

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Join us at the Akwesasne Powwow on September 7-8, 2019 at the A’Nowara’Ko Wa Arena in Akwesasne, Ontario Canada as people come from far and wide to meet up with old friends, make new friends and, in the spirit of the gathering itself, to celebrate. The Akwesasne Powwow (aka Akwesasne International Powwow) brings together the best Native artisans, food vendors, drummers, dancers and smoke dancers from across the region. Come enjoy and celebrate diverse cultures. Free rough camping and free parking is available. Rain or shine event. Free bus shuttle from Cornwall ON during the weekend.

Akwesasne International Powwow: Weekend After Labor Day

The Akwesasne Powwow is held annually in September on the weekend immediately following Labor Day, at the A’nowara’ko:wa Arena on Cornwall Island, Ontario.

On the shores by the beautiful St. Lawrence River, visitors can enjoy the two day Akwesasne International Powwow with good music, good food and good company. The Akwesasne Powwow brings together the best Native artisans, drummers and dancers from this region. The Powwow allows us to join with other First Nations from across Canada and the United States to share in this great gathering, it also allows visitors from many nations to participate in this exciting cultural experience.

Enjoy and take part in the ‘fastest dance on two feet’, with our Iroquois Smoke Dancers. This dance got its name back when the people would dance around the fire pit causing air to circulate, and thus helping the fire embers ignite.

It is our hope that this time spent together at the Akwesasne Powwow will bring us to a better understanding of one another and foster a strong bond of peace and friendship with our neighbours of all cultures.

The gates to the Akwesasne Powwow open to the public at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday and the festivities start with a spectacular grand entry at noon with all the beautifully dressed dancers. You will have an opportunity to purchase some home made Native food and enjoy a cool strawberry drink or lemonade, while you browse through the vendors area to find that one of a kind keepsake.

$12 Weekend Pass
$8 General Admission
$5 Ages 6-12
Free – Under 5 & 65+
Parking – Free

Akwesasne Powwow: 2016 Men’s Smoke Dance Special

10:00 – Gates Open to Public
Noon – Grand Entry; Dance & Drum Competions throughout the day.

Powwow Head Staff
HOST DRUM: To Be Announced
EMCEE: To Be Announced
DRUM JUDGE: To Be Announced
HEAD VETEREN: To Be Announced
HEAD FEMALE DANCER & HEAD MALE DANCER: will be chosen per session

A’Nowara’Ko Wa Arena
36 Arena Road
Akwesasne, Ontario Canada K6H 5R7
(613) 931-1448

Akwesasne Powwow: 2017 1st Day Intertribal Dancing

Passports Required
All travellers entering Canada from the United States are required to report directly to the CBSA (Canada Border Services Agency) border crossing in the city of Cornwall as required under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and the Customs Act. Once processed by CBSA travellers will be able to continue to their destination in the City of Cornwall or back to Cornwall Island.

For More Information:

Free Corwall Bus Shuttle: Call 613-930-2636


  • Point System – all contestants will have two “go rounds”.
  • POINTS: Grand Entry = 50 pts each, Exhibition = 25 pts each, Spot Check = 10 pts each
  • Once registered, you cannot change categories.
  • Points can be accumulated through willingness to participate in Grand Entry, Intertribals, Exhibitions, Spot Checks and Contests.
  • You must enter Grand Entry with your proper dance and age category.
  • #’s must be on your left side and visible at all times.
  • All dancers must be completely ready during Grand Entry.
  • All dancers must contest only in the category they are registered in.
  • **Parents: please ensure that your children dance in the correct categories.
  • Each dancer will be given only one number at registration. Lost numbers will not be reissued.
  • Contest songs will be in drum rotation.
  • There will be no warm-ups; Intertribals only.
  • Any dispute concerning a contest must be brought to the attention of the Akwesasne Powwow Head Judge directly after the contest song, otherwise complaints will be void. Final decisions rest with the Head Judge and/or Arena Director, in consultation with the Powwow committee.
  • In a fair contest, dancers are not to be related to a dance judge by blood, marriage, or adoption. Failure on the part of the dancer to inform the Head Judge or Arena Director of a familial relationship to a judge will result in disqualification for that session.
  • In the event of a dance off, all dancers involved will be given three (3) chances to appear in the dance area.
  • No points will be awarded in a dance off.
  • No whistles during contest songs.
  • All contest winners must be in full regalia to receive honorarium.
  • Only Tiny Tots can move up an age category
  • If any major item falls off, the competitor is disqualified for that session only.
  • Intoxicants and/or drugs – anyone using these substances will be disqualified and removed from the grounds.


  • There are several guidelines that you should know as a courtesy to the Powwow participants: Powwows are fun events, but they are also sacred events. Ceremonial songs and dances, which are sacred, are performed from time to time throughout the powwow.
  • People should stand during all ceremonial songs and dances. These include the Grand Entry, Flag Songs, Veteran Songs, Honor Songs, and any other songs that the M.C. designates as a ceremonial song – Please stand quietly out of respect and always remove your hat/headgear.
  • People should listen to the M.C. as he will announce the different songs and will also let people know when they can dance and when they cannot. He will also give you other information and news.
  • Do not take any photos, videos or sound recordings of ceremonies without prior permission from the person or group you are recording. Some areas of Turtle Island to not allow the recording of ceremonies. Photography is permited only at certain times; listen to the M.C. for details. If you would like to photograph individuals, please ask them for their permission first and respect their decision.
  • The dancers wear “regalia” while they are dancing, NOT “costumes”. People should NOT touch the regalia. NEVER pick up a piece of a dancer’s outfit. Point out the item to the dancer and they will retrieve it.
  • Do NOT walk across the dance arena, the chairs around the dance arena are for the dancers. Bring your own chairs. Do not sit on someone else’s chair unless you have their permission.
  • Respect the Elders, Drummers, Singers, Dancers, and the Powwow staff and Committee!!

Host Motels:

  • Best Western: 1515 Vincent Massey Drive, Cornwall, ON, (613) 932-0451
  • Super 8: 2694 Brookdale Avenue, Cornwall, ON, (613) 932-8888
  • Comfort Inn: 1625 Vincent Massey Drive, Cornwall, ON, (613) 937-0111
  • Comfort Inn: 865 State Highway 37, 13655 Hogansburg, (next to casino), Akwesasne NY, (518) 358-1000

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The Akwesasne International Powwow Committee and the sponsors of the event are not liable for accidents, damages, injuries, lost or stolen articles, or hardships. The Akwesasne Powwow is a family-friendly event. DO NOT BRING ALCOHOL OR DRUGS!

Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Akwesasne Powwow on the weekend after Labor Day at the A’Nowara’Ko Wa Arena in Akwesasne, Ontario Canada.

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