Manito Ahbee Festival presents its Virtual Powwow and online festival for 2020

Manito Ahbee Festival presents its Virtual Powwow and online festival for 2020

  • June 12, 2020
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June 9, 2020

Treaty One Territory, MB. _  We are excited to announce the 15th annual Manito Ahbee Festival will be celebrated online to ensure the safety of all participants. The Manito Ahbee Festival will kick-off Sunday, July 12 with the lighting of the sacred fire from the Manito Ahbee Sacred Site at Bannock Point in White Shell provincial park.

“We will present eight days of the Manito Ahbee Virtual Powwow competition, with winners announced on Sunday, July 19. Registration will be completed online, and then broadcast via the festival website and social media,” said Lisa Meeches, Executive Director of the Manito Ahbee Festival.

“We’re looking forward to bringing Manito Ahbee to you in the comfort of your own home,” said Meeches.

“The Manito Ahbee Festival is an important event each year in our province, and I’m glad the festival has found a way to continue to celebrate Indigenous cultures in a safe manner for everyone,” said Cathy Cox, Minister of Sport, Culture and Heritage. “I applaud organizers for their creativity in these uncertain times by arranging the Manito Ahbee Virtual Powwow and the many wonderful online events, and I look forward to tuning in.”

“We had been hopeful that we would be able to hold the festival at the end of August, but as uncertainty continues with the pandemic, and unnecessary international travel remains suspended, we realized this was the best way to host the festival,” said Meeches.

The Manito Ahbee Festival will also be presenting other festival components online throughout the summer including:

  • Indigenous Music Awards Performance series
  • Spirit Visions – a celebration of Indigenous filmmakers
  • Getting Jiggy With It – Métis square dancing and jigging competition
  • Youth Art Challenge
  • A virtual Indigenous Marketplace and Tradeshow

Please note:
For the Manito Ahbee Virtual Powwow, pre-registration on our, begins Monday, June 15, at 9 a.m. CDT  and ends on Friday, June 19 at 11:59 p.m. CDT. Dancers will pre-record their performances and submit to the Virtual Powwow from Monday, June 22 at 9 a.m. CDT to Friday, June 26 at 11:59 p.m. CDT. The Manito Ahbee Virtual Powwow will be webcast in July with 32 categories and five specials, which are challenges to certain ages and categories to participate in.

The Manito Ahbee Virtual Pow Wow will also be streamed at This website was created by owner Paul Gowder. For 20 years his company has grown to be the leading online community for Indigenous people with over 600,000 followers.

Quarantine Dance Specials 2020 on Facebook will also webcast the Manito Ahbee Virtual Powwow. This innovative idea is the brainchild of Tiny Rosales, a dancer from California. Rosales is an Ojibwe entrepreneur who provides an online platform for people to continue to dance pow wow while keeping themselves and their families safe.

Donald Speidel will be the emcee/announcer for the Manito Ahbee Virtual Powwow. His introductions to each category will be filmed at Bannock Point, the Manito Ahbee Sacred Site, in June, in preparation for July’s pow wow.

As previously announced, the Indigenous Music Awards are on hiatus for 2020.

The Drum Calls Us All, a variety show, is postponed until 2021.

For further information or to book interviews please contact:
Kim Wheeler
Manito Ahbee Festival and Indigenous Music Awards


  • Gary Martine, June 20, 2020 @ 1:42 am Reply

    Just wondering about the dance specials? where’s the information to post our videos?

    • manitoahbee, June 20, 2020 @ 2:20 am Reply

      Hi Gary,

      Information will be released soon in regards to Specials. Thank you!

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