- 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.
- 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.
- Expect sunny skies in Winnipeg where the winters are cold and dry, particularly from October through February. The warm spring weather arrives in late March and lasts to early June. The city's hottest summer months are July and August.
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- Festival highlights include the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards, the International Competition Pow Wow and Indigenous Marketplace and Trade Show.
- Visit The Forks, a lively cultural crossroads and market with a 6,000-years of First Nations history.
- Enjoy traditional Aboriginal cuisine at the Aboriginal Centre of Winnipeg.
- 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.