Thursday, March 29, 2012

Bishop Reding SS

Today's performance of "Visions of Turtle Island" went really well today.  I want to give a shout out to the "Lulu girls".  They were so excited to be able to participate they started a wee bit early.  I also loved that there were a few ladies that lulu'ed at the end of the show.  

The big reward for us in all these performances is the energy exchange between us and the audience and today was amazing.  We have had a great week so far actually.  Yesterday we were doing a dance workshop with international students from Toronto at Apps Mill in Paris.  The only word I have to describe it is "Awesome".  There was a student that used awesome as his catch phrase and it became the word of the day.  I am looking forward to more awesomeness to come.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

DPCDSB, BHNDSB, Tim Horton's Camp, etc....

I have been a bit lax in my posting lately.  We have been doing some really interesting performances, meeting some really cool people and I have been falling behind in my online posts.  Last week we were at Allan Drive Middle school and right in the doorway there is this really great art piece.  If you happen to check out the page on Bill Powless who happens to be my father you will see why I am so impressed by student art.  I am not able to draw stick people in proper proportion.  sigh.  

The Tim Horton's Camp at Onondaga Farms in St George ON is a really cool place.  We get invited to  participate in events being held there a couple of times a year.  Last week as we were pulling into the driveway we noticed this snapping turtle crossing from the pond on one side of the drive to the pond on the other.  He was almost across so we left him alone to do his thing but we hung out to warn other peeps so they wouldn't hit him.

On Monday we were at the BHNDSB and we love when we get a chance to spend some time with Educators.  They are generally a pretty outgoing bunch and willing to try new things.  We were also at the DPCDSB recently working with Secondary students.  We had a really awesome discussion with them.  I think I like getting the opportunity to speak with students almost as much as I like dancing.  

We also performed at the Rochester Knighthawks game and I look forward to our next chance to get to a game.  The Knighthawks lost and I really missed hearing the deafening fog horn that goes off whenever they score.  I am sooooo making myself some silver pompoms.  

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Sacred Heart School in Batawa ON " Cultural Teaching of Visions of Turtle Island"

In this mural, we drew Turtle Island in the actual shape of a turtle shell, on the turtle shell you will find many pictures including an eagle, a feather, a plant, and two drawings of the native hoop dancer.  These illustrations represent North America as it is known today.  The floating figure in the sky is Sky woman.  Our motto is "knowledge is power, power is knowledge".  We think that knowing about other cultures will help us to understand the world around us especially our deteriorating environment.  We learn that we must care for the world around us.

Members of Algonquin House
We were sent this amazing mural today.  A few weeks ago we visited Sacred Heart in Batawa ON and they took what we did as an inspiration for this Mural.  This is so beautiful and we are touched.  We feel that the good energy that the students give us during our presentations and their enthusiasm to interact with us is a like a gift they are giving us so this Mural blows us away.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

CBC Books - The CanLit Hunger Games

CBC Books - The CanLit Hunger Games

Stumbled upon this today.  I am a huge Joseph Boyden fan so I was thrilled Xavier Bird was in the running to win the CanLit Hunger Games.  Check out the link above to vote.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Campout 2012 - Northern Starfish

 We were happy to be able to attend Wesley's Campout again this year.  We were able to get to the close out party after our tour of Oxford County on Friday.  Jacob showed off his smoke dance skills.

A classmate of Wesley's has a family member that is a Baker.  They generously donated this awesome cake for the party.  The fire actually lit up.  It was chocolate-y goodness.  You can check them out, they are called Pure Cake Design.

I love the message that this event gives to young people.  You are able to do something about social justice and change.  Age is just a number.  

If you are wanting to know more please check out the following organizations:

Oxford County Tour

Friday was an interesting challenge for us.  We had to do three hour long performances in 3 different towns with only an hour in between each show.  We knew we could do it however we had not ever attempted it before.  We were really looking forward to this.

the view out the stage door of show number 3

I love that there is an actual parking spot for the horse and buggy.  The horse can stand on dirt instead of concrete and there is a place to tie him up.  Now if there was a water trough that would be super cool.  Communities that include everyone are the way to go.  

This strange warm weather streak we have been having was a blessing on this day.  There have been many a snow storm at this time in March and we were very lucky not to have to deal with that during our marathon day. 

At the performance in Tillsonburg there was a group of kids that had made the rattles we have here on our site and they also made shawls that were really cute.  

After the first performance in Woodstock, Adrian spoke with a reporter and we were surprised and pleased to see that by the time we were finished for the day we were in the E-edition of the paper.  You can check it out here if your interested.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Northern Starfish - Wesley Prankard

Last year we met the Prankard family and took part in the closing party for Wesley's Campout in support of Shannen's Dream.  We were all so honoured to meet this family and were very proud to be a part of what Wesley was doing.  Well it's the 2012 edition and we are looking forward to the closing party again this Friday March 16th from 6:30 - 8:30 at the Drummond Hill Presbyterian Church in Niagara Falls, ON.  You can still get involved by sponsoring a camper by surfing on over to their website here.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

March 12, 2012 Photo Gallery | Brantford-Brant | News | Brantford Expositor

March 12, 2012 Photo Gallery | Brantford-Brant | News | Brantford Expositor

Jacob and Kristen taking part in the Kahawi March Break Dance camp at the Woodland Cultural Centre.

John Harada Show - Rogers Cable Woodstock

Today was a lot of fun.  We appeared on the John Harada show which was live.  We were promoting our mini tour of Oxford County this Friday the 16th.

I loved it!  It was short and sweet and the Host was really funny and put us at ease.  We were the first guests along with Lynda Bartlett from the County of Oxford. 

The guest after us was from the Butterfly Conservatory and he was cooking with bugs. I am not sure if he was able to convince John the Host to try any on camera but both Adrian and I tried them after the show.  Adrian tried the grilled cricket with pineapple while I tried the fried cricket in popcorn.  

No way, no how, we weren't getting Derek to try the crickets.  Honestly I didn't taste them at all mixed in with the popcorn.  I think I should have gone for the pineapple option. I really didn't expect to be dining on crickets when I got up this morning that's for sure. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Maple Syrup

I just love this time of year.  My brother makes Black Gold or as it's more commonly know "Maple Syrup".  The process starts for us with the chopping of the wood for the fire.  My brother goes out and does the actual tapping of the trees.  He went about learning how to do this on his own.  How awesome is that?

We take the jugs out to the bush to collect the sap from the trees.  I think that is my favourite part of the process.  


The first day we went out to collect the sap it was starting to freeze.  I think the sap tastes good as it is but nothing beats the final product.

I am a bit of a klutz so when the boiling starts I just try to stay out of the way.  I think next year we need to build a shack for the boiling process maybe put in some couches and a big screen.  Maybe that's not such a good idea, we'd end up watching a movie and burning the syrup.  

It does take many hours to boil down the sap to syrup but it seems to go by fairly quickly with everyone being together and having a good time.  The "black gold" is definitely not the only positive outcome of this activity.  

Monday, March 5, 2012

Canadian Raptor Conservancy -

Tribal Vision is always looking to provide the best source's for Educators.  James Cowan is the Director at the C.R.C. and his organization is very valuable to students and adults of all ages.  Come out and  catch his show he will be at the Norfolk Wildlife Festival & Adventure Show!
Saturday March 10, 2012 -- 9am to 6pm
Sunday   March 11, 2012 -10am to 5pm
Tell him Tribal Vision sent you lol Have a great day!
Here is our New Page link for

Immature Bald Eagle - C.R.C

Saturday, March 3, 2012

March Break performances in Oxford County

We will be doing some free family shows in Oxford County during March Break.  Come on out and say hi!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Ta'Kaiya Blaney

At the Conestoga College Powwow last weekend I was a bit distracted when I thought that there were presentations being made and a break in the dancing.  So I missed this young lady being introduced and I missed the first few minutes of her talking about the song she was about to sing.  Something told me I needed to record it and so I jumped up and I have posted it below for you to see.

I am so happy to see this young girl using her talent to spread awareness about something that really means something to her.  I was very inspired and I hope that the youth in our community were inspired as well.  To see more about what she is doing you can surf on over to her website here.

On another note, the Aboriginal Awareness days are happening at York University with the powwow tomorrow.  I didn't get a poster from the powwow this year so I wasn't able to post it.