Chief William Fathers Day Traditional Pow Wow

The Chief William Fathers Day Traditional Pow Wow is held annually in Williams Lake BC, to honour fathers during the three-day event.

* 2021 dates pending
Community: Williams Lake
Region: Interior BC
Province: British Columbia
Festival Type: Arts & Culture Music

The annual Chief William Fathers Day Traditional Pow Wow honours fathers with competitions, dances and pageantry

Tradition is everything and keeping in step with tradition and the drum, will be the annual Chief William Fathers Day Traditional Pow Wow in Williams Lake, BC.

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There will be a traditional lehal tournament on Friday, where teams of up to six will face each other to compete in the game that is played to celebrate powwows and gatherings. Saturday will be filled with the Traditional Pow Wow dancing, the Chief William Princess Pageant and feast. Sunday will host another Grand Entry and once again be the day of the traditional giveaway.

Lehal is an ancient first nation's game which consists of two opposing teams. There are two pairs of "bones", one pair with a stripe and one without. The game also uses a set of scoring sticks (usually ten) and in some areas a "kick" or "king" stick—an extra stick won by the team who gets to start the game. The game is usually accompanied by drumming and singing used to boost the morale of the team. The side that has the bones sings, while the other tries to guess. The musical accompaniment is also sometimes used to taunt the other team. Players and spectators may place bets on teams, or individual matches within the game between one guess and the other team's bone hiders.

The entire weekend is free to the public and held at the Chief William Campsite and Arbor, Williams Lake Indian Band.

Schedule of Events

Williams Lake Pow Wow

Friday June 15, 2018

Lehal Tournament. Entry fee is $100 for teams of up to 6 players.

5 pm warm up.

Williams Lake Pow Wow

7 pm Lehal competition begins.

Saturday June 16

Williams Lake Pow Wow

1 pm Grand Entry and Chief William Princess Pageant followed by a traditional feast

7 pm Grand Entry

Princess at the Pow Wow

Sunday June 17

1 pm Grand Entry followed by the traditional giveaway.

If you go

Williams Lake Pow Wow

The Chief William Fathers Day Traditional Pow Wow will be hosted by Buck Sheena and Arena Director is Jim Edgar.

For Further information please call Virginia Gilbert at (250) 267 6588, or JoAnne Moiese at (250) 267 7147

This event is free to the public. No alcohol or drugs be permitted.

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* 2021 dates pending