Thursday, February 28, 2013

ArtStarts Vancouver 2013

We have been invited to showcase our "Visions of Turtle Island" Multimedia show.

Final check backstage with Adrian and Derek.  All the tech peeps and organizers were very helpful!
 We are looking forward to working with them again.  On a different note, we are also looking forward to visiting our family and friends. Also have to go see some sites while we are here in the beautiful city of Vancouver.

We are definitely not missing this type of weather.  

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Kingston ON Dance Shows

When we arrived this morning we almost parked in this space. I'm not sure why but I found this very cute.

We are always grateful when Shawn can come to our shows, he is always so helpful and tells the best stories.  The energy from the kids today was unreal.  If we could only find a way to harness it...

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Upcoming powwows

We are looking forward to Conestoga College powwow this weekend.  Come on out and check it out.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Multimedia shows in Halton

 I really like seeing all the inspirational signs in the schools.

Happy Valentine's Day! 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

HCDSB tour

We are spending the bulk of February visiting HCDSB schools and loving every minute of it. Today was a bit of a rough day for Derek because when we arrived at the first school this morning he discovered that he had forgotten his shorts that he wears under his outfit. Luckily he was able to fit into mine.

The lesson here kids is check and re-check your gear before you leave.  We are having a great time on our tour.  

Monday, February 11, 2013

St. Patrick's CS


Today we visited St. Patrick's in Brantford and we had a fantastic time.  They sent us some questions and I thought I would answer them here.

Hello and thank you. We had a great time today learning about Native dance and singing. The class have a few questions for you.
1. How did you learn to make your outfits? Are there different outfits for different dances? 

I learned how to make the outfits mostly by trial and error.  I watched my grandmother and great aunt sew and asked questions of people who knew how to bead.  I would inspect other people's beadwork and try to figure out how it was done.  It took me many years to learn how to sew and bead and there is always something new to learn.

Yes, there are different outfits for different dances.  Today we shared the fancy shawl as well as the grass dance but there are many many other dance styles with dance outfits to go along with them.  For example, the Mens and women's Traditional dances, The Jingle dress dance and The Men's Fancy Feather dance.

2. How did you learn to dance like that? 

I learned by watching and emulating (trying to copy) my favourite dancers.  When I would get home from the powwow or social I would practice for hours in our family room.  We don't have dance schools for this we learn by watching our elders.

3. How did you learn to sing like that? Does it hurt to sing so high? 

I learned from a Lakota elder named Lou Foot when I was seven years old.  Yes, it does hurt at times especially when you over do it.  I use herbal teas to soothe my throat and I rest my voice when I can.  

4. Do different songs go with different dance styles/moves? 

Yes, different songs go with different dance styles.  We can tell what style of dance goes to which song by the tempo, beat and vocal melody that we hear.  

5. Are any other instruments other than the drum used in dance?

Yes, there are other instruments other than the drum used in dance.  For different types of dances you might hear a variety of rattles made from such materials as gourd, shell or horn.  You also might hear shakers or bells on the dancers that accent and become part of the song.  

I hope this answers your questions.  Thank you so much for taking the time to write to us.  


Thursday, February 7, 2013

Halton Catholic Elementary School Tour

Being able to share our culture through song and dance is such an honour. We have been really well received and wanted to share some of the feed back

Our First school visited was Our Lady Of Fatima and here is an email

Hi Tribal Vision Group,

On behalf of all the Grade 3 and 6 teachers and students at OLF, we wanted to send another thank you for a wonderful presentation on the Aboriginal culture today. We all very much enjoyed it and the students gained such great knowledge from the presentation. Thank you for coming to our school. We will definitely be recommending Tribal Vision Group to others :)

Take Care,

These ones are from St. John C.E.S

We really appreciate the comments from the students!

Ascension happens to be the name of Adrian & Jens oldest son. We've been lucky to visit this school before! Outstanding staff & Students

We like to joke around, but we really do try to raise the bar on each and every show!!

This was taken at St. Christopher C.E.S,  I love to dance, and share our culture.  Our visits may only be for a short time but I know the memories and teachings will last a life time.

Naomi is the best dance teacher / performer I know! We are very competitive, always trying to out perform one another. lol. Makes for a great show.

Jen getting ready to Jam out, but first things first. Welcome, lol Great energy likes to clown around!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Rochester Knighthawks

We are one again a part of the dance group which is entertaining the fans at the opening of the home games for the Rochester Knighthawks.

The kids just love being able to go to the games and really look forward to this.  

We sit in an area where some season ticket holders sit.  We have since made friends with them and look to visiting with them.  They are big on the high fives when the Knighthawks score and Ava gets a huge kick out of that.  She is right in there with high fives all around.

I think of all the kids, Kristen is the most involved in the actual game and really following the action.  

Here's to another Championship Season!

Gathering At The Rapids