Brantford, Ontario – The Six Nations Champion of Champions Pow Wow includes traditional costumes, drumming, singing, and a dance competition with over 400 participants, plus crafts and food booths. About 15,000 people get a taste of native culture at the annual two-day Pow Wow event, held the last weekend of July, at Ohsweken, southeast of Brantford. The name was chosen to attract dancers, who compete for the title ‘Champion of Champion’. Dancers come from across North America.
While you’re in the region, you can learn more about First Nations history at the 17th century Kanata Iroquois Village (an authentic replica with interactive exhibits that offers some sleep-over packages), the Woodland Cultural Centre, the birthplace of poet Pauline Johnson, and Her Majesty’s Chapel of the Mohawks (the only royal chapel outside of Britain). Actor Graham Greene was born on the Six Nations Reserve in 1952 (he was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as Kicking Bird in the 1990 film Dances with Wolves.)
Brantford, which is just 93 km (58 miles) southwest of Toronto, boasts its own symphony orchestra, opera guild, and even an annual international jazz festival. There are eleven local museums, aboriginal tours, and it has a thriving community of artisans. For outdoors lovers the Grand River, there’s a designated heritage river, offers canoeing, kayaking, rafting and fishing. For cyclists and hikers, local trails connect to the Trans Canada Trail.
Ohsweken, Brant County (Branford region) Ontario