On July 15-17, the Red Rock Indian Band held their annual Opwaaganisiniing Traditional Gathering on the shores of Lake Helen, just upstream from Nipigon Bay on Lake Superior. Taking place on the third weekend every July, the pow wow includes food, craft vendors, drumming, and ceremonial dance. A hand-drum contest was held Saturday evening during the supper break.
This year, the host drum were the Whitefish Bay Singers, co-hosted by the Heron Bay Singers and Little Feather Singers. Todd Genno presided as MC, and Aaron Therreault served as spiritual advisor for the event. The head dancers were listed as Doug Turner and Mary Magiskan.
InfoSuperior’s Jim Bailey attended the pow wow at Lake Helen Reserve on Saturday, July 16 to view dancing and drumming in the afternoon. The InfoSuperior team would like to congratulate RRIB on their 26th year of celebrating culture, ceremony, and tradition in this wonderful event.