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An Aboriginal gathering for all

Third annual Mawio'mi on Tuesday, Oct. 2

- September 28, 2012

A dancer performs at last year's Mawio'mi. (Danny Abriel photo)
A dancer performs at last year's Mawio'mi. (Danny Abriel photo)

Many Dalhousie traditions date back years, even decades.

The campus Mawio’mi, or pow wow, has only been an annual campus happening for three years now, but it’s built on a tradition dating back centuries, and represents one of the more colourful and vibrant days of the fall season.

The word Mawio’mi, translated from Mi’kmaq, means “gathering.” It’s meant as a welcome, a means of prayer, and community event – one that’s open to everyone at Dal.

The event carries the theme “This is our way,” connecting with the idealism of the aboriginal community, and is sponsored by the Aboriginal Health Sciences Initiative, the Dalhousie Native Student Association, and Dalhousie University.

There will be dancing, drumming and traditional meal, which kicks off the festivities at 11:30 a.m. That will be followed by a grand entry onto the Studley Quad at 12:45 p.m. and a flag raising shortly thereafter. For the rest of the afternoon, the quad will be filled with dance and song. (Rain location is in Studley gym.)


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