Kamloopa Powwow

It may just have been the most colourful weekend of the year.
Thousands of visitors and spectators annually take in the Kamloopa Powwow featuring almost 1,000 traditional dancers on the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Powwow Grounds just off the #5 Yellowhead Highway, two minutes from down town. A spectacular expression of the Secwepemc people’s heritage complete with vibrant storytelling, along with song, and dance in traditional regalia.
The Kamloopa Powwow is one of the largest celebrations of First Nations’ culture and heritage in Western Canada! The host drum was Bullhorn of Lethbridge, while Sage Hills of Kamloops was the Honorary host drum. Competitors were in full regalia contesting over $77,000 in guaranteed prize payout which included $30,000 in drumming.
Other categories included Golden Age 50 & Over (men & women), Men’s Buckskin 45 & Over, Traditional, Chicken, Jingle, Grass, Fancy Feather & Fancy Shawl. There were adult, teen and junior categories and the annual Princess Pageant.