Thursday, February 25, 2016

Upcoming Powwows

I have come across some flyers for upcoming Powwows. I hope to be able to make it out to a few of these myself.












Monday, February 22, 2016

Chinese New Year

We took part in a flash mob on Parliament Hill in Ottawa ON to celebrate Chinese New Year a couple of weeks ago.  The whole thing went by so fast and there were so many people participating.  I didn't get to take as many photos as I would have liked but here a couple that I was able to get.


This is CJ, he was a part of our dance number along with a fantastic crew of hip hop dancers. 


Derek just can't help himself.  If there are dragons he must go meet them.


Ava handled the cold like a champ.  Derek and I on the other hand both really really cold feet.


This crew of singers were so friendly.  We spent most of our time chatting with them.  Their energy was infectious, lots of smiles and laughter.


I found an electric baseboard heater in the washroom and took full advantage of it.  The weather wasn't all that cold but it snowed and then the concrete area we danced on became super wet.  Our moccasins are made for the summer and even with heavy duty insoles and double socks we still got wet.  That heater was a life saver.  

Here is the finished product...


Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Revenant


I finally saw the Revenant the other day.  I have been looking forward to this movie for a while as the hype in Native communities has been strong.  It has been alllll over my social media for weeks.  Even though the story is not a Native story about Native people, the way Natives were depicted made me quite happy.  

One thing I really enjoyed was that this movie clearly displayed the differences in the world views of Native and Non-native peoples.  This could have easily portrayed Natives as evil for pursuing and killing the settlers.  Ta-da! the perfect villain.  It didn't go that route.  

This movie was able to really show the motivation of the Native people which was family and the return of a loved one. As well as the motivation of the settlers which was money or property.  Maybe that money or property was meant to take care of their families but that is something we will never know. That was not explored.  To me that created a perfect villain as all we saw was the beginnings of capitalism here on Turtle Island.  

Even the bear had a clear motivation for doing what she did.  Again, family.