Powwow! Ohcîwin the Origins
June 15, 2023 - October 8, 2023
Powwow! Ohcîwin* The Origins features 7 powwow dance styles, with full Regalia and craft work. Curators and creators, Patrick Mitsuing and Marrisa Mitsuing, have gathered the stories, worked with the Artisans, and carefully built the Regalia for this exhibition organized by the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery. Working with a diverse team of Indigenous Artists from Western Canada and the US they assembled each of the individual dance regalia on display. During the 2019 and 2020 Powwow season, they met with knowledge keepers across North America to record the origin stories of the dances they perform.
The dances on display are : Men’s Traditional, Men’s Fancy, Men’s Chicken, Men’s Grass, Women’s Traditional, Women’s Fancy and Women’s Jingle.
Guest curator of the exhibition, Fran- Rogers Chowace, focus is to create visual space for the local powwow dancers and Woodland Cree history and people of this region to shine; featuring the Traditional Paths’ Society dancers and local elders/knowledge keepers.
Exhibition organized and toured by the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery (MAG, Red Deer, AB). The MAG acknowledges the generous funding support provided by the City of Red Deer, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Alberta Museums Association, Waskasoo Museum Foundation and Marguerite Lerouge Watson.
* Ohcîwin is a Cree word meaning “The Origin” or telling of a story where something originated.
Interactive Self-Guided Tour
The Powwow! Ohcîwin the Origins online virtual exhibition is presented exactly as it is in real-life. The exhibition is comprised of 14 three-dimensional artworks, 13 two-dimensional artworks, 14 wall panels, 3 video installations, and additional images associated with the artworks. Each object in the exhibition is interactive, allowing didactic and additional information to be displayed at the click of a mouse button.
Explore the interactive objects, providing associated written, video, and graphical content for a deeper understanding.