“Wiidookodaadiwag” means “we are helping one another” in the Ojibwe language.
A whole slew of colorful, fun-filled festivities aimed at helping those interested learn about Ojibwe and Native American culture are set for Friday, Nov. 15, during the Wiidookodaadiwag Pow-Wow at the Central Lakes College gymnasium in Brainerd.
Activities start off at 5:15 p.m. with a powwow 101 class, which will include an overview of cultural etiquette and the roles of the various participants in a powwow, along with a review of the different styles of dance.
A light meal will be offered at 6 p.m., followed by the dancers’ grand entrance at 7 p.m. The last dance will be at 9 p.m. Drum groups include Timber Trail and Yellow Lightning.
Two tours of CLC’s Humphrey Center for American Indian Studies will happen 6-7 p.m. and 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Bagesi, a dish game for girls and women, will be played 7:30-9 p.m., along with Makazin, a hand game for men and boys.
The emcee for the night is Erick Gahbow, assisted by Charles Black Lance. Elder David Sam will give an invocation, and Byron Ninham will serve as arena director. The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Veterans Group will post flags.
The powwow is free and open to those of all ages.