At the Wash Bay powwow yesterday, Nellie Nesegeneshik remembered the legacy of the late elder, Charlie Copenace.

"He used to joke around with him," she said, as she stood beside her grandson, Matthias. "He also encouraged him to always dance hard and be brave."

Well, the elder would've been happy with what he saw yesterday, as Matthias won the senior brave competition.

Nellie Nesegeneshik said Charlie Copenace was often at powwows encouraging young people, so they could learn to appreciate and follow the traditional culture of the Ojibway people.

For Matthias, who's now 12 and lives in Sudbury, the matter was simple. He just enjoys the opportunity to dance in his regalia.

The summer powwow trail concludes next week at Whitedog, as well as Wabigoon First Nations.

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