Indigenous Arts Festival

For anyone who has not been to an event like this before (native arts / pow wow)…I would highly recommend going ! ! ! I am looking forward to attending another one soon!
The festival took place on June 20-22nd at Fort York National Historic Site (in Toronto).   http://www.fortyork.ca/news-a-events/news/193-indigenous-arts-festival-at-fort-york.html
Many different styles of native art were featured, including traditional dance, modern dance, theatre, storytelling, and crafts.
In this photo, a Men’s Traditional dancer is getting ready for his part in the show.
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This is the back of a costume worn by a native elder performing a Men’s Traditional dance.
 
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A live band (performing traditional pow-wow music) accompanied the dancers. 
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The woman in purple and the girl in pink did a jingle dress/prayer dress dance.
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An Elder of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation addressing the crowd.
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Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation dancer in full regalia.
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Anishnabe Fancy Shawl dancer.
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I absolutely love her costume.
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An Anishnabe dancer performing in the Women’s Traditional style.
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Mother and daughter.
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All the dancers together.
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Wow! What a voice this kid had! He was the son of one of the musicians, and sang a song that he wrote himself.
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This woman sang a song written by a group of incarcerated native women suffering from abuse by their guards. It was thought that singing together gave them strength. That strength was well conveyed by the singer. What a powerful and beautiful song it was. She also drew attention to the number of missing and murdered native women in Canada, which is disproportionately high compared to non-natives. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/missing-and-murdered-aboriginal-women-s-families-want-action-from-rcmp-report-1.2645901
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I am looking forward to attending similar events in the future! Another thing I should mention is that the event was FREE.
Most pow-wows charge a nominal fee for entry…and, as the Elder of the Mississaugas of the New Credit reminded everyone, EVERYONE is welcome at these events.
There is one coming up that I hope to attend: The Mississaugas of the New Credit 28th Annual Pow Wow and Traditional Gathering. It is taking place on August 23rd and 24th at the New Credit Indian Reserve near Hagersville. http://www.newcreditpowwow.com/index2.html
Hope to see you there!
Stay tuned!
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