Rocky Boy Powwow is on
BOX ELDER – An event of Indian heritage and tradition, the Rocky Boy Powwow is underway at Box Elder after a two-year hiatus due to the Covid pandemic.
The gathering is described as “a fascinating marriage of the modern and the traditional”. Campers, minivans and nylon tents join traditional teepees to form the camps that circle the Rocky Boy Powwow grounds, where people can enjoy performances by powwow dancers and singers.
The event also includes food vendors, as well as everything you’d expect at one of the biggest powwows in the West.
Security officer James Ceymour spoke about the return of the powwow.
“Myself, I love the outdoors,” he said. “All the freebies, trading shows that food is the most important thing to me. Dancing and everything. Everything is great. Since COVID, we’ve been giving out gloves, mask up front, before you don’t. come in, and it’s optional. I’m really glad he’s back.
Rocky Boy is home to members of the Chippewa-Cree Tribe. The name Rocky Boy is derived from the name of a chief of a band of Chippewa Indians. It meant “Stone Child” but it was not translated correctly from Chippewa to English and “Rocky Boy” evolved. Reservations have various cultural events.
“It’s our culture,” Ceymour explained. “When they come here, they kind of look at what we’ve done in the past and we’re still carrying on that tradition.”
Powwows are social gatherings featuring generations-old drumming and dancing, as well as traditional clothing and food. Visitors are welcome at powwows. Attendees should bring lawn chairs or blankets, as space is limited at most powwows. Guests can dance during the “Round Dance” (everyone dances in a circle) or when invited by the master of ceremonies. Always keep in mind that the dance area is sacred. Visitors can also participate by invitation in a “Giveaway”, a ceremony in which a family offers gifts to others to honor a deserving family member.
The Rocky Boy Powwow will continue on Sunday, August 7. Address: Agency Road and Clearview Road.