The students explore “how Indigenous celebrations such as Pow Wows can influence growth in heritage tourism” and whether “we can provide a sustainable world tourism attraction celebrating our First Nation’s heritage through cultural events.” Pow Wow activities include traditional dance events, music, wearing regalia, competitions, and the sale of food and crafts.
The province of Manitoba is home to five Indigenous linguistic groups: Cree, Dakota, Dene, Ojibway and Oji-Cree, also referred to as members of the First Nations. Winnipeg, the provincial capital, has the largest Indigenous population of any city in Canada, report the students. That makes the Winnipeg area a natural center for many varieties of Pow Wow. The students conclude that Pow Wow offer both an opportunity to explain First Nations’ culture and to attract visitors.