Monday, June 23, 2014

Summer Solstice Powwow - Ottawa ON - June 2014

Summer Solstice was our first powwow of the year and was it ever fun.  First off we met back up with our friends the Sinquah's who we last saw in Germany a couple of weeks ago.  As soon as we saw each other the laughter started.  lol.

We chose this powwow specifically because Northern Cree were going to be the Host Drum.  We being a family of fancy dancers love listening to their tunes.  Ironically none of us drew them for any of our contest songs, go figure.  Check out that link for a really great article on the group in Indian Country Today.  

The powwow was a part of a larger Aboriginal Arts Festival held at Vincent Massey park.  These people were a part of a Chinese performing group that took part in the Grand Entry on Sunday afternoon.  

There were quite a few celebrities to be found wandering throughout the festival if you were a keen people watcher you would have seen people like Dj NDN from  A Tribe Called Red, Suzette Amaya, Ryan McMahon who mc'd the powwow and Tonia Jo Hall.  If you click that link it takes you to one of my favourite of her many comedy videos.  

Now Tribal Vision was quite successful at this powwow as we all placed and we are very grateful however we came away with some battle wounds.  You know Leland as the Singer for Tribal Vision but he is also a Traditional dancer.  His bells did a number on his legs this weekend.  

Nia:wen to the Summer Solstice powwow committee for putting on such a fun, action packed event.  

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

ArtStarts Tour

We recently spent a week and a half touring schools in British Columbia with ArtStarts in Schools.  We had an amazing time and saw some really beautiful scenery.

Kristen has always wanted to go to BC so she was pretty excited to get to visit the Province and see what school is like in other parts of the Country.

Hey, let's check out the beautiful scenery...but first let me take a selfie.  

We did check out some interesting sights and Museums.  We travelled down to Seattle and went to see the EMP Museum.  Kristen found herself a part of the Scream exhibit in the gallery dedicated to horror movies.  

We also went on a self guided (not recommended) Twilight tour.  We had a 50/50 success rate as a few of the places that the films were shot were now torn down.  This school where some scenes were shot is still there and of course we had to get out and be total tourists.

By the end of our short but busy trip to the west coast, Kristen was ready to go back to being a student.  She just couldn't resist this awesome play set at our final school performance.