Indigenous dancers put their best foot forward Wednesday afternoon during Whoop Up Days. The Lethbridge and District Exhibition Pow Wow and Princess Pageant is showcasing dancers from across the Blackfoot Confederacy who are going head-to-head for some big cash prizes. Video Journalist Micah Quinn was at Exhibition Park to take in the grand entry and Pow Wow.
Participants will be dancing hard for total cash payouts of $65,000. Organizers of the event say there are a wide variety of categories dancers will be competing in.
“For example with the men’s, it’s always like men’s traditional, men’s fancy, the chicken dancers. Also ladies traditional, ladies fancy, and ladies jingle dress. Each of those categories are spread out across all of the different age categories. Right from the tiny tots to the juniors, to the teens, and to the adult categories. Including the seniors as well. What we wanted to do- we wanted to also include in our Pow Wow a men’s buckskin special. The buckskins will also be featured as a special in the Pow Wow here today,” says the Director of the Blackfoot Confederacy Tribal Council, Kirby Smith.
The event is taking place at Exhibition Park until August 25th at 7pm.