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
7 thoughts on “You can experience one of North America’s largest Pow Wow’s near Brantford. Actor Graham Greene was born here.”
For my money, Mr. Greene, you were the best thing on “Dances with Wolves”. Costner was at his best, and the young, angry, tribal member, is tremendously memorable. But you were the ‘star’.
I also enjoy you on Exhibit A; APTN.
Your calm presentation is very soothing. Thank you.
Just another white honkey.
I would .ike more details, as to start time. ..what facilities are there… .
My younger days Travelling toOhswegan to watch the winter sports. I loved the snake race.
In the summer I took archery lessons. At one day Jay Silverheels appeare to visit home.
I do enjoy the Exhbit A & B detective shows narrated by the beautiful Graham Greene. Many of the residents were customers at his Ford dealership in Paris, an& Appliance store. I wondered why they came to my mother’s funeral in 1952. And my father never forgot them.
Now I enjoy my Friday evenings at the Ohswegan Speedway
Please forward dates and times of the POW WOW. THANK YOU.
I look forward to Arendt. Does this mean The Speedway won’t run on the Fridaynight? I would hope to attend both interesting happenings
But I don’t mind attending 2 days. Thank you
Please do not use the term traditional costumes. Costumes are for pretending some thing your not. (IE – Halloween) The proper terminology is traditional regalia. Most dancers may find the term “costumes” offensive.
I have liked Graham Green as an actor for many years on TV. Dances With Wolves was Awesome though.
My family are coming from Northern Ireland July I do believe the Pow wow is last week end in July they go back on 29th they really want to see the pow wow are tickets sold in advance do you have a camp ground on site ????