Friday, July 31, 2015

Pen Pal Day - Reflecting On Our Relationships

The Pen Pal Gathering is an initiative created by Suzie Miller (Above) to help build relationships between students from Six Nations/New Credit and Caledonia.  The whole thing started in 2006 and has been growing steadily over the past nine years.  At the Pen Pal Gathering this year they did things a little differently.  It was split into 3 days and hosted in different places in both Six Nations and Caledonia.  

The students would pose for photos which were made into a Two Row Wampum.  They also signed each others t-shirts and signed peace posters.  

We were a part of the entertainment program along with Saidat and KZ.  They are fantastic and we look forward to more opportunities to work with them in the future.  Next year is the ten year anniversary of this event.  If you are a teacher you can check it out at here to sign up your class to participate. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Canada Day Celebration in Vienna, Austria

We had the great honour of celebrating Canada Day at the Canadian Ambassador's Residence in Vienna, Austria this year.  They put on a wonderful evening of music, food and entertainment.

Vienna is the City of Music and you could find something great to listen to pretty much anywhere.  

We were able to do a ton of sightseeing.  This is the last picture we could take before entering Schonbrunn Palace.  

We went on quite the nature hike to get to the medieval castle which was just a short 30 minute train ride outside of the city.  The hike though was more like 45 minutes.  Well worth it!  

We mastered the transit system and were able to get around the city with ease.  

During our stay we were able to check out Donauinselfest on Danube Island.  This is a huge free music festival.  We had a great time and on our way home we met this guy on the train.  We noticed his shirt right away and we just had to introduce ourselves.  

Most of our group are coffee drinkers.  The specialty coffee in Vienna is called "Melange" and it received the thumbs up from everyone.  

We all had such a great time.  We would like to thank Ambassador and Mrs Bailey for having us as their guests.  We had the trip of a lifetime.  We created an instagram hashtag #Anishinaustria as well as #6nayalldayallday.  Head on over there for more pictures.  

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Riddu Riddu Festivala

I had the great pleasure of checking off a "bucket list" item recently.  Tribal Vision performed at the Riddu Riddu Festival in Northern Norway and we got to see the midnight sun.  It is definitely a beautiful sight.  It is a strange sensation being somewhere so far from home that the sky looks so different.  

This is Karoline Trollvik.  She is the Festival CEO and she and her team, family and volunteers did an amazing job.  Everything ran on time and the everyone made us feel welcome and at home.  

Lenna met us at the airport and took great care of us making sure we were fed and getting to the festival.  Once there she worked in the cafe so we saw her often.  

Shelley Niro was part of the Six Nations delegation at the Festival.  This is a multidisciplinary arts festival so in the library of the Northern People's Centre they had an exhibition of her artwork and Her film "Kissed by Lightning" was also shown.  

The Six Nations Women's Singers put on a wonderful performance on the MainStage.  It was really cool to see people who had never heard this music before swaying and dancing.  

Ava served as a Host on the MainStage on Friday evening introducing the headlining acts.  She did such a great job.  

Saturday was "Six Nations of the Grand River Day".  The Women's singers put together a really cool program of activities with each Singer presenting a craft or game for the people to try.  At the end we wrapped it up with some social dancing.  

All of the musical acts were top notch but my favourite was Chirgilchin.  This group killed it on stage.  When they collaborated with Arvvas, I couldn't sit still.  I just had to dance.  

Jacob, Kristen and Ava participated in the Nuorat Youth exchange program with Indigenous youth from all over the world.  At the end of the program some of the youth shared dances from their traditions.  This is a Mask dance from Greenland.  

This group representing different regions of Russia were so polished it was hard to believe they are all under 25.  

The town that the festival is held in has no hotels so all of the artists are housed in local homes.  The festival organizers send the artists with groceries to cook breakfast.  Yes, you are seeing that right.  Squeeze Bacon.  Thank you Norway.  

There was so much more happening at this festival that I didn't get to a chance to mention.  A Children's festival, Vendors, traditional northern homes of different types of peoples opened up for visitors to see and experience, wood carving, Cheri Maracle's one woman show "Paddle Song", great main stage acts like Nanook and Katchafire.  Thank you so much for having us Riddu Riddu we loved every minute.  

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Opening Night Showcase - Aboriginal Pavilion Pan Am Games

July 16, 2015 was the opening showcase for the Aboriginal Pavilion of the Pan Am Games.  We were pretty stoked to be included in such an incredibly talented line up of artists.  

Outside the Green room there were some sweet cultural exchanges going on between the Tonantzin Aztec Dance Group and the Tuktoyatuk Siglit Drummers and Dancers.  If you get a bunch of cultural dance groups together and give them a few hours to kill, jam sessions will ensue.  

We met the wickedly talented Niiko Soul.  As it turns out he is based fairly local to us.  London ON and area look for one of his shows, he is a great performer.  

There was so much laughter and visiting going on backstage that it was hard to get a picture of a whole group at once but I was able to get some of the The Dakhka Khwaan Dancers.  The put on a very powerful performance that night.  

These ladies did an excerpt from a piece by Penny Couchie entitled "When will you rage?".  These are just a few of the many talented artists that night.  We didn't get to meet everyone but we are really proud to have been a part of the event.  

There is another full week of programming happening at The Aboriginal Pavilion at Fort York in Toronto and it's FREE!  Come out, bring your family you will not be disappointed.