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Williams Lake School celebrates end of school year with powwow

Williams Lake School celebrates end of school year with powwow

Indigenous culture was highlighted and celebrated as part of the 6th grade graduation and end of year ceremonies on June 26.

Marie Sharpe Elementary students and staff enjoyed a powwow as part of the end of the year festivities on June 26.

The school sat in a circle as the dancers sang and Cecil Sheena taught the audience about the powwow and the dances.

Before the mini-grand entrance for the five dancers, Reggie Sandy, a young dancer who is also a student at 150 Mile House Elementary School, performed the grass dance. Sheena explained how, before the invention of lawnmowers, dancers would come up with a high-step dance to trample the area to open it up for the rest of the event.

The mini grand entrance then had the five dancers, Dave Archie, Sharae Wycotte, Gary Stieman, Cecil Sheena and Sandy dance around the large circle of students and staff before other dances were introduced such as the crow dance and a traditional women’s dance by Wycotte. .

The whole school was then invited to join in and dance on the pitch before everyone had lunch together.