|Ed Jensen, artist|
|Sage Hills dancers|
|MC Gord Cutler|
This beautiful gal was wearing the ‘jiggle dress’ doing the ‘Healing Dance’. Looking for information on this dress, I came across this: "It is a gift to be able to dance. The jingle dress was a gift from the Creator. It is important to carry that healing vision to the people."
This gentleman was dancing the ‘Chicken Dance’ which was used as the mating dance. It was mimicking the Prairie Chicken’s performance when he is trying to impress a mate and is part of their Aboriginal historical culture.
These pretty sisters were doing the ‘Fancy Dance’. It mimics butterflies and hummingbirds as they display their colourful wings in flight.
This was the women’s traditional ‘Graceful Walk’ and this lovely lady did the most graceful dance as she circled the arena to the drums of the drummers on stage.
This was the ‘Warrior Dance’ and was wonderful to watch. The regalia is gorgeous with lots of feathers and fur. I did not get the names of the dancers, but they were all very talented and it was a fun way to learn about their history of dance.
The dancing was finished with a ‘Round Dance’ or ‘Friendship Dance’, which included any and all who wished to join the circle to show their friendship intentions. As I understood the MC say, it is being done for 24 hours at some of their gatherings! Now that is a lot of friendship!
Once the Friendship Dance was completed, the dancers left the stadium with a final number to the beat of the drums by the talented drummers to end their dancing ceremony.
National Aboriginal Day at the Tk’emlups PowWow grounds was a wonderful way to enjoy the afternoon and learn more about the history of our First Nations friends and neighbours.
Their mission is:
“To promote and ensure the physical, mental, emotional and
spiritual well-being of our people and community.”