Province/Territory: Manitoba

A pow wow and cultural celebration from hoop dancing to hip hop

  • 5 days of festivities
  • 1000 international pow wow performers
  • 1 red carpet gala event

From the moment the drummers strike up a pounding rhythm, and the women in fancy shawls spread their butterfly capes, you know you're in a special place. Manito Ahbee is named after a sacred place in Manitoba’s Whiteshell Provincial Park and is an Ojibwe word meaning "where the Creator sits." From this traditional gathering place grew Winnipeg's Manito Ahbee festival where pow pow performers in feathered headresses share the spotlight with Aboriginal hip hop musicians who wow the red carpet crowd. Feel your whole body move as Cree, Ojibew, Dakota Sioux and more Aboriginal dancers spin and sing at one of North America's top pow wows. And when the "intertribal dance" is called out, don't be surprised if you join in.

Why you should visit
  • Enjoy a five-day frenzy of Aboriginal performances featuring dance, music, arts, food, and pounding drums.
  • Pick up authentic carvings, sweet-grass braids or hand drums at the Indigenous Marketplace.
  • Attend the black tie and bead event of the year, the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards, where pop-Inuit fusion meets traditional fiddle music.
  • Try bannock, a tasty pan-fried bread with a little jam or honey.
  • Take home a cozy pair of slipper-mocassins and cheer on the pow wow competition dances well into the evening.

Weather

Visitor information
  • Hours & Admission Prices.
  • Festival runs five days, from late October to early November.
  • On-site food & beverage.
  • Full wheelchair access.
  • Tickets for for festival events can be booked online.
When to go
Need to know
  • Wear comfortable walking footwear and apparel.
  • Plan on spending 2 to 5 days to catch all the highlights.
  • Buildings at the site are wheelchair accessible.
Getting Here