Powwow Dance. Regalia. Indigenous Education.



Host of “How to Powwow Dance” on Youtube, Deanne Hupfield (Anishinaabe) has dedicated her life to re-claiming, sharing and teaching her culture, with community and Indigenous students throughout the Toronto District School Board [TDSB].  Deanne has been dancing since she was a small girl and has been a long-time advocate for access to powwow dance classes for Indigenous learners who’ve grown up displaced from community and culture. Because of Hupfield’s own experience - being the child of a 60’s Scoop survivor - powwow dance was what helped her escape a life of poverty and addictions. Taking on the traditional responsibility of becoming a dancer helped her reconnect to her community and live life based on teachings of minobimaadsawin- living in a good way.  A former student of First Nation Technical Institue-Indigenous Governance program Deanne has chosen to dedicate her time to working in the TDSB supporting Indigenous students throughout the board. There she runs a successful Powwow Club for elementary aged students. Currently she is mentoring youth to become powwow dance teachers and runs a successful class at the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto. A powwow dance class she started in 2008.



Knowledge for Every Level

Frequently asked questions

What time are classes?

Classes are pre-recorded videos you can view at your own convenience. The Zoom calls are live and we will coordinate after September 30th.

What supplies do I need to begin?

Bare minimum- Sewing machine, muslin fabric for sample (up to 4 Yards), Thread, 24" tracing paper, thread for the sewing machine, needles, scissors, seam ripper, iron, 22" closed zipper, pins (dressmaking), measuring tape, rulers, and your paper pattern :D Not that much LOL This will help you learn to construct a Jingle Dress with a zipper and you can use the pattern over and over! Only if you make tracing paper copies tho.. Then once you're confident you can move onto making your final dress! Designing it will take the longest <3

Who are these classes for?

The purpose of this course is to help Indigenous People have access to Powwow Culture. We have been displaced from our own culture because of colonization and we are trying to make these teachings accessible to All Indigenous Nations/Tribes.


Toronto ON CA


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