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Andrew refers to the styles of dance as “prairie dancing,” adding that they don’t hold a lot of significance for Lil’Wat culture, but rather, powwow culture.
“With the Lil’Wat culture, we do our own dances,” she added.
There will also be people playing the big drums — the traditional powwow drums — rather than the hand drums that are more frequently played in ceremony.
The powwow also helps bring together members of the community. Organizers are busy fundraising for the powwow all year long, hosting events like bingos, auctions and raffles to collect enough money for the big event in June. The entire weekend is run with the help of volunteers.
“We’re non-profit — everyone you see running around the powwow grounds working are all volunteers, so we don’t get paid to do this,” Andrew said.
Events are to be held over the entire weekend, starting Friday evening and running until Sunday, at the Powwow Arbor by the Lillooet Lake Rodeo grounds.
The powwow is open to anyone, and the entrance fee is $5 per day. Grand Entries begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 13, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 14, and noon on Sunday, June 15.
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A stitch in time
The Whistler Valley Quilter’s Guild is getting ready for their
fifth annual quilt show this weekend, entitled “Quilts in the Mountains.”
The show will feature over 100 projects completed by guild
members, ranging from “grandma”-styled quilts, to more daring artistic
Also on display at the show will be challenge projects that
were put to quilters, which encourage members to learn new techniques.
There are around 40 members of the guild who work on a number
of community-based projects throughout the year, including quilts that are
given to people who are suffering from illnesses, injuries or personal issues,
and ice bags for the Whistler Health Care Centre.
One quilt, “Autumn Salsa,” will be raffled off at the show to
benefit the Howe Sound Women’s Centre, which supports women in crisis in the
Sea to Sky corridor.
The guild meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month
from September until May, and welcomes new members.
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