An Ancient Bond with the Land
The Euro-American fur trade and modern commerce gradually replaced ancient trade patterns. Since World War II, Aboriginal celebratory gatherings have become popular again. The modern pow-wow, for example, is a festival combining traditional and contemporary customs. Although drumming and dancing are now the main focus, trade remains an associated activity.
In 2002, there were hundreds of pow-wows across North America, attracting tens of thousands of people. Large pow-wows are attended by people from all over the continent.
"We thank the creator for bringing us together to celebrate the good ways."
An Elder speaking at a 2001 pow-wow