Hosted by the St. David’s Islanders & Native Community, the Pow Wow included the Grand Entry, Libation Ceremony, local and overseas Native American dancers, songs, drums, crafts, food and more.
The day began with the Grand Entry, which saw the various groups enter the grounds with a flag bearer leading the way. The Libation Ceremony followed, which saw flowers and wreaths thrown in the ocean in memory of loved ones. Filming was restricted for both occasions due to the symbolic nature.
Chief Vernon ‘Silent Drum’ Lopez — who celebrated his 91st birthday earlier this month — was one of the people who made the trek to Bermuda for the Pow Wow. One of the traditional leaders of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, Mr Lopez had visited the island for the last Pow Wow in 2011.
Premier Craig Cannonier, Governor George Fergusson, area MP Lovitta Foggo, Louise Jackson, Susan Jackson, and Dame Jennifer Smith were among those in attendance for the first day
The visiting groups were decked out in their full regalia, which are often family heirlooms, with the feathers in particular considered to be quite important. Various dances took place over the two days, with food vendors on hand as well as artisans displaying their crafts.
Hoop Dance performed by one of the visitors:
Warwick Gombey Troupe:
Irwin Trott, founder of the Warwick Gombeys:
Irwin Trott On Gombey Influences: [apologies for the issues with the audio quality!]
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