The tradition of the Kamloopa Powwow continues for 39th year

By Jill Sperling
August 3, 2018 - 4:28pm Updated: August 3, 2018 - 6:18pm

KAMLOOPS — Around 20,000 people are expected to visit the Tk’emlups Te Secwepemc Powwow Grounds this weekend for the 39th annual Kamloopa Powwow.

The grand entry begins at 7 tonight.

Around 1,000 dancers will participate in one of the largest First Nations cultural events in Western Canada.

Events are expected to run past midnight each day, with the whole event wrapping up overnight Sunday. 

Over the years the Kamloopa Powwow has become an important tradition for the Secwepemc people, and a way for them to welcome others into their territory.

"We pride in having people come enjoy song and dance, do competition, visit with old family and friends, make new friends and sing," said Kamloopa Powwow Society President Delyla Daniels. "It's a huge event for us to just get together and enjoy family." 

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