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Arlene Blanchard-White, a member of the Bay St. George Mi’kmaq Cultural Revival Committee, performs a traditional dance at the 2013 Bay St. George Mi’kmaq Powwow in Flat Bay.
FLAT BAY— In light of a new found identity through the Qalipu Nation, the number of people attending the annual Bay St. George Mi’kmaq Powwow is ever increasing.
This means demands on the Bay St. George Mi’kmaq Cultural Revival Committee, the group who organizes the powwow, has increased with organizers having to secure enough volunteers, organize parking, food and resources.
In 2013, more than 6,500 people attended the powwow.
Valentina Nolan, committee secretary, said funding is always the main priority and the committee is actively applying for grants to help with the cost.
“Many people with gifts, talents and time lend a hand ... especially on the weekend of the powwow ... to make it a welcoming place to celebrate our culture and each other,” Nolan said.
Nolan said the committee is looking for volunteers for the 2014 powwow.
She said the committee is also looking into holding an online auction, which will be posted on the Bay St. George Mi’kmaq Powwow Facebook site to raise funds.