Experience culture at Akwesasne Pow Wow

September 5, 2019

Akwesasne Pow-Wow

Akwesasne Pow Wow

One of the region’s most popular cultural events is back for another year.

The Akwesasne International Powwow returns on Saturday, September 7th and Sunday, September 8th to the A’nowara’ko:wa Arena on Cornwall Island.

Held on the shores of the St. Lawrence River directly across from Cornwall, this two-day event brings together the best Native artisans, drummers and dancers from the region for a celebration of dance, food, music and culture.

Competitions are held for all age groups in traditional dances such as Smoke, Grass and Jingle dances. The two-day event also includes traditional native foods and a wide variety of authentic native arts, crafts and jewellery.

Enjoy and take part in the ‘fastest dance on two feet’, with our Iroquois Smoke Dancers. This dance got its name back when the people would dance around the fire pit causing air to circulate, and thus helping the fire embers ignite.

The gates open to the public at 10 am on Saturday and Sunday and the festivities start with a spectacular grand entry at noon with all the beautifully dressed dancers. You will have an opportunity to purchase some home made Native food and enjoy a cool strawberry drink or lemonade, while you browse through the vendors area to find that one of a kind keepsake.

Free Shuttle

There is a free shuttle to the event from Cornwall, to be supplied by Cornwall Transit. Hop on at the Wal Mart parking lot bus stop or Aquatic Centre bus stop and hop off at the A’nowara’ko:wa Arena! Don’t forget to bring appropriate identification for the return trip to Cornwall through the Port of Entry.

Click here for the Saturday shuttle schedule

Click here for the Sunday shuttle schedule


General admission to the Akwesasne International Pow Wow is $8, $5 for children ages 6-12 and free for children under 5 and seniors 65+. A weekend pass is also available for $12. Parking at the arena grounds is free.

Additional Information

For more information on the Akwesasne International Pow Wow, please click here or check them out on Facebook.


Planning to attend the Pow Wow? Make a weekend of it and stay in Cornwall! There are a variety of amazing accommodations, from cozy bed and breakfasts to full-service hotels. For more information, please click here.

Additional Events

Looking for other fun things to do in Cornwall? Make sure to check out our Events page for info on upcoming events in the area.

Visit Cornwall!

Planning a visit to Cornwall? Cornwall Tourism can help. Email us at info@cornwalltourism.com to request a copy of our Visitor Guide or contact us at (613) 938-4748. You can also stop by the Cornwall Tourism office at the Cornwall Civic Complex (100 Water Street). The office is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm – we would be happy to answer your questions and provide you with recommendations and information to make your visit to Cornwall even more memorable!

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Article by Kevin Lajoie

Photo by Eddy Lawrence