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Kamloopa Pow Wow


The Kamloopa Pow Wow is one of the largest celebrations of First Nations' culture and heritage in Western Canada.

The Pow Wow is a spectacular expression of the Secwepemc people's heritage and is a vibrant display
of storytelling, song and dance in traditional regalia.

Every summer, the Kamloopa Pow Wow brings together 1,300 performers, competitors, arts and crafts people,
and more than 15,000 spectators to this three-day annual First Nations event in Kamloops.
Organized by the Tk'emlups te Secwepemc, the powwow is one of Canada's most unique cultural experiences and a
whole lot of fun, combining athletic competitions, singing, dancing, and food as more than 30 bands from Western Canada
and the Northern US gather for the event.

The powwow, held on the August long weekend, is set in a large, wooden, circular open-air stadium arbor next to the
Secwepemc Museum and Heritage Park.

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