Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Bellview School Show

We did a really fun dance show and workshop at Bellview School on Friday. The kids were so much fun to work with. They were energetic and creative. We only had an hour to work with them on the workshop so we tried to cram as much into that 60 minutes as we could. The show portion was webcast to Major Ballachy school. I had never been a part of anything like that before. Adrian really got into it having the students from both schools interacting with each other and with us. I really enjoyed that. We went a little over time however and the students at the other school were not able to see the end. And no, we didn't do that on purpose to get them to hire us to come there. lol.

On Saturday we attended the Smoke Dance Contest at the Woodland Cultural Centre. We have been at this function for the past 3 years and even though it is over very quickly we always have a good time. The weather this year was not exactly cooperating so the event was moved indoors which was fine however the stage made a lot of noise with people dancing on it. I was so proud of everyone, they danced so well and k placed first in her division. I am kicking myself that I still haven't bought a good camera because that would have been a great day to get some pictures.

Thought I would include a pic of Smoothtown singers practicing at Lost Dancers

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Woodland Cultural Centre

So I was cruising www.gatheringofnations.com and I came across these photos of us in the gallery from this years powwow. This is pretty cool because we certainly weren't able to get good pix from where we were seated. I have to go back and check again soon because all the galleries weren't up yet and I hadn't found any pix of Derek or the girls yet.

We are going to be doing some shows as well as some dance workshops in the month of July at the Woodland Cultural Centre. Come and check us out!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Honouring Mother Earth Festival + rafting trip

We went out with Grand River Rafting on Saturday and it was so much fun! The time just flew by and we went quite a bit farther than I had expected. It was a great day to be on the river. We had joined another group that were celebrating a birthday so we met some new people. Our guide Dale jumped out of the raft to get us some fresh spring water. We took a short hike to check out the plants and trees around the river. We were able to see a 300 yr old hollowed out tree that was still living. A few of the people were able to climb up the inside of the tree. Poor A, her legs are just too short yet to do it. She was disappointed because she wants to be able to do everything her big sister does.

We made a stop to play a game where we were divided into 2 teams and we had to build a fire, cook and eat an egg. The first team to complete the task wins. Well the men's team won which sucked because we tried pretty hard. K kept asking me "can't you tell them how to do it?" but I was too busy giggling because the ladies on our team were already lighting the matches before we even had any wood collected. Dang, I barely had any rocks gathered to make a fire pit and they had almost used up the matches on the grass. lol. When they did finally slow down we did get a fire going but the boys egg cooked first.

On Sunday we performed at the Honouring Mother Earth Festival at the Niagara Native Centre near St. Catherine's. We did 2 short presentations that went pretty well. The weather was great and it turned out to be a traditional powwow as well. We didn't bring our outfits though so we didn't dance in the powwow other than a few intertribals. It was good to visit with some friends that were there to dance. The kids did great and for the 2nd presentation we were able to get quite a few people from the audience to come and participate in the dances with us. I really like it when people dance with us, it's a lot of fun.

So now we are off to Long and Mcquade tonight to purchase a sound system. We have been renting so far but we feel now is the time to buy. I hope I don't get a headache from all the techie speak. lol.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Milton Craft Workshop

I did a craft workshop today with High school students in the Milton area. It went by very quickly and we didn't have enough time to paint our drums. The participants had just enough time to complete their drums and drum sticks. I felt a little unprepared when I arrived though because I had brought enough materials for 15 drums because I thought there were going to be 10 students. I was surprised to find that there were actually 16 students when I got there. Of course my stomach went into knots because I didn't have enough. No problem I thought, I will just not have a demonstration model and I will have to use one of the kids drums to demonstrate with and give away mine to the last kid. Well in the end it all worked out. I just wish we had a bit more time to paint them. The kids all did a great job. The pictured mini drum was done by one of the girls in the class. She did a great job didn't she?

We have a show scheduled for this sunday at the Honouring Mother Earth Arts & Culture festival and powwow in Niagara Falls. This should be fun, I am looking forward to it. I have to finish up now and get to work on some moccassins for the boys.