Manito Ahbee Festival and Virtual Powwow
The Manito Ahbee Virtual Powwow takes place online with dancers from across Turtle Island.
Join us to celebrate Indigenous arts, culture, and music in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
The 16th annual festival will be held May 21-23, 2021 and feature the Indigenous Music Awards, Manito Ahbee Pow Wow, Indigenous Marketplace and Trade Show, Getting Jiggy With It, Art Challenge, Youth Education Day and Spirit Visions.
This competition powwow is in its 16th year and second Covid year.
The Manito Ahbee Festival also takes place with online programming that will be accessible throughout the year as well!
The festival name ‘Manito Ahbee’ was gifted to the festival through ceremony, and is named after the sacred site, which is one of the most important and significant traditional Indigenous gathering sites in all of Turtle Island (North America). The Manito Ahbee sacred site is located in the western Whiteshell area of Manitoba. Manito Ahbee, an Ojibway word means, “where the Creator sits.” The site is recognized and honoured by Indigenous peoples across North America as a sacred place for all people. The name of the province, Manitoba, is itself derived from the name of this sacred site. The festival represents an opportunity for Manitobans and visitors alike to experience the festival as a celebration for all people. Manito Ahbee invites everyone, uniting residents and visitors in the spirit of honouring Indigenous culture and the seven sacred teachings: love, respect, courage, honesty, wisdom, humility and truth.