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Largest Pow-wow in Atlantic Canadian History

The largest pow-wow in Atlantic Canadian history and the first national pow-wow or Mawio'mi (Mow-ee-OH-mee) ever held east of Montreal begins today, June 25, on the Halifax Common and will showcase competitive dancers and drummers from across North America. The event begins at noon and runs to Sunday, June 27 at 7 p.m.

"Membertou 400 is a colourful, joyful, spiritual celebration of our culture," said Deborah Ginnish, executive director of Membertou 400. "It is for people of all races and religions, and it is like nothing we have ever seen before in Atlantic Canada. And, for many of us, it is a life-long dream come true."

During the weekend experience a traditional Mi'kmaq village with cultural demonstrations; native dance, including fancy, traditional, jingle and grass dances, drum competitions, a marketplace with more than 40 aboriginal vendors and aboriginal cuisine tasting.

There is no admission for any of the family-friendly events. Seating is first-come, first-served and parking is limited.

Concerts during the weekend include Buffy Sainte-Marie on Friday at 8 p.m., Shane Yellowbird on Saturday at 8 p.m., The Relatives on Saturday at 5 p.m. and a musical tribute to the Mi'kmaq Nation on Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m.

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