stɑl̓əw̓ Pow Wow
On behalf of the stɑl̓əw̓ Arts and Cultural Society, with our head office located on Kwantlen First Nation land in Fort Langley, we are delighted and honoured to host the first annual stɑl̓əw̓ pow-wow to be held September 16th, 17th and 18th, 2022 at the Langley Events Centre.
stɑl̓əw̓ translates to big river in the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language, and our name is intended to reflect the eternal importance and generosity of the Fraser River to indigenous communities living along its shores from its inland reaches to where it meets the ocean, as well as represent the many connections we have with each other and to this important and sacred place that we all share and call home. Rivers connect and enable sharing and new opportunities – and we wish for the stɑl̓əw̓ powwow to be an event that shares, honours and creates new opportunities to celebrate rich indigenous traditions and build important and lasting connections.
We would like to extend our warmest greetings to all our visitors and participants to our First Annual Pow-wow. The purpose of our pow-wow is to celebrate Indigenous culture, traditions, music, regalia and art. It is a time to celebrate and preserve our rich heritage and keep traditional ways alive. We welcome you to share in the experience of learning the important role tradition plays and how these traditions define Indigenous culture. We hope you enjoy the pow-wow and return home safely with lasting and renewed friendships and lots of wonderful memories!