It was a colourful, energized day...full of drumming, native chants, and children, youth and adults dancing and partaking in the most respectful cultural event I have ever attended. Due to the Anniversary nature of the weekend, camping was free and there were not any fundraising events on site. It was just a weekend of celebration, of connecting with cultural roots and a day of bonding.
I took a ton of photos and hope I will not bore you with them. I asked each individual if I could take their photo and everyone obliged and thanked me afterwards!
There were 250 dancers and I was there for the Grand Entrance and the dancing afterwards. There was a flag raising..all the nations flags and also one from the Queens representative. Dancers came from all over the province. There was a procession of the Chiefs of each Nation and as you can imagine, the photos will show that the native dance clothing styles as well as stance and facial features differ depending on which Nation the dancer belongs to. I tried to catch a variety of styles.
and now some of my photos...
This man had the most wonderful moccasins so of course I took a piccie of them too!
This young fellow was trying to cool off with a freezie...the heat was unbelievable and to dance in all those heavy clothes must have been very hot!
The dresses of the ladies were laden with these carved silver triangular bells...I can only imagine how heavy those dresses must be. This girl had here face painted in a style I saw many times today. She looked so pretty and thanked me for taking the closeup of her bells!
Ladies dress styles and use of colour varied greatly. Here are some group shots to show you just that.
There were so many children dancing...proudly displaying their competition numbers. The youngest I saw was about 3 years old!
And finally the dancing...I wish I had known how to work the video portion of my ancient camera...the drumming and the Indian chanting was wonderful.
This man had his face done in red paint but I was unable to catch a photo depicting it!
This father and small son danced past me and tagged at my heartstrings...the Dad had just demonstrated some steps to his son!
This was my favourite dancer...he had so much energy and his outfit really moved with the dancing!
Here he is full view
Hope you enjoyed this little peek at some Canadian Native Culture.