Friday, September 28, 2012

WE DAY Toronto 2012

Amazing, Inspiring, Powerful, Empowering if you haven't been to a WE DAY,  It is a MUST!!

Our youth dancers did a great job performing with Nelly Furtado!

Nelly Furtado was so awesome! She just made everyone in our group feel like they were her best friend!

Tony Duncan and his crew The Yellow Bird Dancers also performed with Nelly, really nice, pleasure to work with!
 From right to left:           Winter, Tony, Beany, Jody

Since I wasn't performing I got to roam around a bit and happen to be lucky enough to get a picture with Spencer West. He only climbed Mount Kilimanjaro!!

The crew also had a chance to chat with our friend Karl Wolf and Jake! Last summer at a show Karl Wolf round danced with us! 

Just a candid pic of Nelly meeting Alaska, Ava & Kristen!

This picture makes me very proud of what can be accomplished with hard work and believing that you can do anything as long as you work hard n believe! 

Special thanks to the Organizers for inviting us! This day has changed all of us! 
Here is the link to the event check it out! 

Friday, September 21, 2012

International Plowing Match 2012

While at the plowing match the local Mennonite community were raising a barn.  It was pretty interesting because they were explaining what they were doing as it went along.  

We were performing on different stages all over the grounds over the four days.  We really enjoyed our time there and the festival is still going on tomorrow so you should really go and check it out.

There was a tent that was full of vintage cars and trucks.  I was immediately drawn to this Isseta.  I think it was the colour.

Over at the mennonite area they had these tin cows that people could milk.  That was super cute.

There were at least two of these old steam engine tractors around.  They were amazing to see.  You might notice from this picture the chains hanging down near the front.  These are how the steering worked.  Cranking the steering wheel pulled or loosened the chains and turned the front wheels. Needless to say, they don't turn on a dime. 

There is also a rodeo going on.  We didn't get to go and watch at all which is a shame.  The weather just was not on our side this week.  There are a large number of vendor booths which I took advantage of on the first day.  My rain boots sprung a leak and I was able to replace them right on the grounds.

The Plowing Match was a much bigger event then I had envisioned.  People were shuttled to and from the parking lots in these tractor cage things.  Now if the people were sitting on hay bales it would have looked completely normal to me but having them standing all squished together looked really odd and I just had to take a pic.  

Friday, September 14, 2012

Six Nations Fall Fair Powwow 2012

Derek and I were honoured to be asked to be Head Dancers for this powwow.  It got off to a bit of a rocky start as when people arrived we were told that it wasn't going to be a competition powwow but a traditional one.  There were quite a few people who had travelled a distance to compete so they were disappointed.  Some community members and organizations quickly put up some sponsorship and the committee was able to have some specials which was really fun.  

I loved watching this baby girl jamming out in the smoke dance special.  

On sunday the committee had a team dance special.  Kristen and her teammates entered a Jingle dress team and they won!  They did a really great job.  I am not sure which powwow we are off to next, probably FDR.  If you're there come say hi!  We are so happy to be back visiting schools again.  We will be at the International Plowing Match all next week so we hope to see you there.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Moraviantown Powwow 2012

We camped at Bucktown powwow this year even though it's fairly close to home for us.  We were still rushing to Grand Entry even though we never left the grounds.  I think maybe we were a little too relaxed.

The kids were pretty happy about the fireworks display.  I think I was most excited about the fact that they had a Senior Adults Division and I sincerely hope they keep it next year.

Thought that was Jake didn't ya?  Kristen and Jake are almost interchangeable.  

The switch dance is pretty popular at Bucktown.  I myself have only done it once or twice and I am just not into putting ALL that men's regalia on.  Their stuff is just too heavy.

I almost didn't realize they were boys in the fading light until I saw them walk.  Goodness.  

FDR Powwow 2012

This is the final powwow in the Redhawk Arts Council series of powwows and we are looking forward to attending.  Hope to see you there!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Onion Lake Powwow 2012

Ava picked up some card tricks on our travels this summer and she loved trying them out on her big brother.  Camp life was very interesting because the kids had to find different ways to amuse themselves.  They very rarely saw TV and only got to play video games on their ipods when they were able to charge them.  

We liked this powwow for quite a few reasons.  We liked the size of the arbour and all the built in seating.  There was a little bit of rain so being able to just keep powwowing is awesome.

There were a lot of people camping at this powwow.  We got there on Thurs afternoon and thought we would have our pick of spots as the powwow didn't start until friday evening but we were wrong.  We did end up with a good spot but we were pretty surprised at the number of people already there. 

The only downside to arriving early was that the showers didn't open until saturday morning.  

The weather stayed pretty good.  Bad storms all around us but we did get to see this rainbow.

All in all I enjoyed this powwow however might I suggest putting some garbage cans out next year.  People will use them if they are available.  

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Rhodesian Ridgeback World Congress 2012

We were asked to showcase some Powwow style dancing, at this Conference as there are attendees from all over the world . This event is held every four years. When we were asked I had invite my mom  since this is her favourite dog.  If this wasn't her favourite I don't think I would have any idea what a Rhodesian Ridgeback was.

Here is a great example of Rhodesian Ridgeback's Ridge

The Rhodesian Ridgeback originated in Zimbabwe and worked as a hunting dog and as a retriever, took care of children, and guarded property.

Our Show went amazing highlighting Woman's Fancy Shawl, Mens Fancy Bustle, Jingle Dress, Grass Dance and Hoop Dance. We received  a standing Ovation from this Worldly audience.  I believe Denmark will host the next one in 2016.