Guide to Powwow Country 2016

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Guide to Powwow Country Windspeaker’s Exclusive Guide for the 2016 Powwow Trail

Inside... Museum and Gallery Exhibits Cutural Heritage Sites Cultural Celebrations

Passing along the joy and tradition of powwow. At Ben Calf Robe Powwow in Edmonton, Alberta Photo: Bert Crowfoot June II 2016

Plus... Our 2016 Powwow Country Calendar of Events

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British Columbia Dorothy Grant Fashion designer and traditional Haida artist Internationally renowned fashion designer and traditional Haida artist Dorothy Grant hit the big stage this year when her work was worn by actor Duane Howard at the Academy Awards in Hollywood. Howard, who portrayed Elk Dog in The Revenant, walked the red carpet in a tuxedo by Grant. “Haida form line design is really graphic work,” said Grant. “It’s really about how it fits on a jacket. I’m not one just to plop art on a garment…. I fill spaces in an appropriately kind of balanced way that fits on the body.” Grant placed her accents, artwork of eagle and raven, on the lapels of the tuxedo, which she says was “just a natural place to put Haida art.” It was also a shout-out to Howard’s Nuu-chah-nulth heritage. Movie director Alejandro Gonz·lez Iñárritu purchased tickets a week before the Oscars in order for Howard to attend, along with American Indigenous actors Arthur Redcloud and Forrest Goodluck, and English actor Will Poulter. The Revenant, which earned Iñárritu the Oscar for best director and Leonardo DiCaprio the Oscar for best actor, was filmed mainly in Alberta and had a large contingent of local Indigenous actors. Howard says being at the Academy Awards for the first time was “amazing. It was awesome. It was one of the best things anybody could experience.” For more information, check out:


c' sna? m: The City Before the City Until January 2020 Museum of Vancouver 1100 Chestnut St, Vancouver, British Columbia e







Actor Duane Howard wore fashion designer and traditional Haida artist Dorothy Grant’s work to the Academy Awards.


c' sna? m, the city before the city, which shares the history of Musqueam People, received the Governor General’s History Alive! Award in 2015. The exhibitions tell the story of c' sna? m, one of the largest ancient Musqueam villages and burial sites upon which Vancouver was built. The ancient village of c' sna? m was founded about 5,000 years ago at what was then the mouth of the Fraser River, and is today in Vancouver’s Marpole area. The exhibition was jointly curated by the Musqueam First Nation, the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, the Museum of Vancouver, and Susan Roy from the University of Waterloo. “c' sna? m, the city before the city is a perfect example of how a museum exhibition can counter an existing narrative— that Vancouver is a young city of immigrants—and replace it with a more truthful version of events. In this way, museums help shape our future as well as our past,” says Janet Walker, president and CEO of Canada’s History Society. The exhibition continues until January 2020 at the Museum of Vancouver. The Governor General’s Award for Excellence in Museums: History Alive! is a partnership between the Canadian Museums Association and Canada’s History Society. e

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Gwaii Hannas National Park Reserve Queen Charlottes, British Columbia Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve was runner up in 2015 for the National Geographic’s World Legacy Awards. The park reserve is a collaboration between Parks Canada and the Haida people to manage a national park reserve. The reserve and Haida Heritage Site occupies 1,470 square km and consists of 138 islands, stretching from Tasu Sound south to Cape St. James. The area was declared a Haida Heritage Site in 1985 and added to the national park system in 1988. The reserve contains century-old cedar poles carved with crests of the eagle and raven clans of the Haida; remnants of longhouses; and Haida Gwaii watchmen cabins. Cultural sites are also found in rivers, on beaches, in the intertidal zone†and in the forest. A Legacy Pole was raised in 2013 on Lyell Island, site of 1985 logging protests that eventually protected this region as Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve. For more information, check out: index.htm

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Alberta A Parallel Excavation: Duane Linklater & Tanya Lukin Linklater April 30–September 18, 2016 Art Gallery of Alberta 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square Edmonton, Alberta Ociciwan Contemporary Art Collective presents an exhibition of new works by internationally known artists Duane Linklater and Tanya Lukin Linklater. Featuring installation work by both artists, the exhibition explores notions of excavation in relation to the intellectual, environmental and cultural resources most immediate to the artists. Duane Linklater investigates the structure and materiality of the gallery wall itself, which includes gypsum, wood and steel, and considers the political implications of those materials as resources extracted in Canada. Linklater is OmaskÍko Cree, from Moose Cree First Nation in Northern Ontario and is currently based in North Bay, Ontario. Tanya Lukin Linklater’s sculptural work excavates the Art Gallery of Alberta’s archival records to investigate the complex relationships of Indigenous peoples and artists to institutions, museums and galleries. Lukin Linklater is Alutiiq from Alaska and makes her home in Northern Ontario. A Parallel Excavation: Duane Linklater & Tanya Lukin Linklater is curated by Ociciwan Contemporary Art Collective and organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta.

First People: Bones and Stones Museum of the Highwood 1 Street SW High River, Alberta First People: Bones and Stones opened at the museum in High River at the end of April. It features the heritage rich site Woman’s Buffalo Jump, which is located two miles northwest of Cayley, Alberta. Artifacts on display, such as stone arrowheads; spear points, scrapers and choppers, are nearly 2,000 years old. The Woman’s Buffalo Jump was used before horses were introduced. The site first came into local prominence in 1952 when a flash flood went through Women’s Coulee and exposed many bones and artifacts. Woman’s Buffalo Jump was one of the first sites to be excavated by formal archaeologists. Richard Forbis led the entire project, which began in 1958 and concluded in 1959. Many of the artifacts used in the First People: Bones and Stones are on loan from the University of Calgary as the Glenbow Museum’s archaeology department recently closed. Woman’s Buffalo Jump is also part of oral tradition for the Blackfoot and might be the location of the story of the First Marriage where Napi, trickster and Creator, brought men and†women together. Both sexes joined each other at the jump site. It was decided the men would hunt and the women would take care of the domestic duties. The story goes that the beautiful woman Napi desired did not love him back and while everyone else paired up in the end, Napi didn’t have a partner and turned himself into a pine tree.


Ben Calf Robe Powwow in Edmonton, Alberta.

“Courage” by Leo Arcand was presented by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to US President Barack Obama.

Leo Arcand Sculptor Studio in Driftpile First Nation, Alberta Leo Arcand has been soap carving for 25 years and working full time in art for almost two decades. Earlier this year one of Arcand’s pieces was selected by the Prime Minister’s Office. In March it was presented by Prime Minister Trudeau to US President Barack Obama. “It’s really significant and really means a lot to our people. I’m sure it’s a small thing for the (government leaders), but our people are really embracing this moment,” said Arcand. The piece gifted is called “Courage” and stands for hope, love, understanding, and humanity. The eagle head, representing Mother Earth, and woman’s half face, representing humans, symbolize “working together as one in spirit,” said Arcand. The negative space represents message from the spirit and “we don’t know what the spirit looks like.” It was selected by the PMO from the Bearclaw Gallery in Edmonton. Arcand created the piece in January. Arcand, who is from the Alexander First Nation but now calls Driftpile First Nation home, has sold his work all over the world.

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JUNE 2016 June 3 – 5, 2016 Annual Tulalip Veterans Powwow Donald Hatch Gym Greg Williams Court 6700 Totem Beach Avenue Tulalip, Washington, USA Contact: Andy James Phone: 360-722-6570 Vendors Contact: John Romero Jr. Phone: 206-498-7640 June 4 – 5, 2016 Kitigan Zibi Traditional Powwow Kitigan Zibi, Maniwaki, Quebec Contact: Mariette Buckshot Cayer Phone: 819-449-1275 June 4 – 5, 2016 Painted Hand Casino 16th Annual Powwow Farrell Agencies Arena Gallagher Centre Yorkton, Saskatchewan Contact: Painted Hand Casino Phone: 306-786-6777 Email: June 4 – 5, 2016 21st Annual Aboriginal Gathering and 13th Annual Powwow Peace River Agricultural Grounds Peace River, Alberta Contact: Wendy Goulet Phone: 780-624-6316 June 4 – 5, 2016 Saa Gii Ba Gaa Powwow Saa Gii Ba Gaa Powwow Grounds 5344 Lakeshore Drive Nett Lake, Minnesota, USA Contact: 218-757-3261 ext.202 June 4 – 5, 2016 35th Annual Yuba-Sutter Powwow Beckwourth Riverfront Park Biz Johnson Drive Marysville, California, USA Phone: 530-749-6196 June 10 – 12, 2016 30th Annual Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival Cox Convention Center Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA Phone: 405-427–5228 June 10 – 12, 2016 Prairie Band Potawatomi Powwow Prairie Peoples Park 150th & M Road Mayetta, Kansas USA Phone: 1-888-727-4946 ext. 7701 June 10 – 12, 2016 Table Mountain Rancheria Powwow Table Mountain Powwow Grounds 8184 Table Mountain Road Friant, California, USA Phone: 559-822-2587 June 11 – 12, 2016 13th Annual NCGLNAC Gathering of Great Lakes Nations Tri-State Antique Gas Engine Association Grounds 1010 Morton Street Portland, Indiana, USA Contact: Kay Neumayr Phone: 765-426-3022 June 11 – 12, 2016 Timiskaming First Nation Powwow Timiskaming First Nation Arbor

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Notre Dame du Nord, Quebec Phone: 819-723-2255

Phone: 250-267-6588 Contact: JoAnne Moiese Phone: 250-267-7147

June 11 – 12, 2016 Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribe of New Jersey 37th Annual Powwow Salem County Fairgrounds State Highway, Rt. 40 Woodstown, New Jersey, USA Phone: 856-455-6910

June 18, 2016 21st Annual Mattaponi Powwow Mattaponi Indian Reservation 1413 Mattaponi Reservation Circle West Point, Virginia, USA Contact: Mark Custalow Phone: 804-769-8783 Email:

June 11 – 13, 2016 11th Annual Spirit of the Peace Competition Powwow District of Taylor Ice Centre Taylor, British Columbia Contact: Alison Manitowabi Phone: 250-785-0612 Vendors Contact: Marlene Greyeyes Phone: 250-785-0612

June 18 – 19, 2016 Raritan Native American Heritage Celebration and Powwow Middlesex County Fair Grounds 655 Cranbury Road East Brunswick, New Jersey, USA Contact: 718-686-9297 Email:

June 16, 2016 18th Annual Anishinabek Veterans Memorial Golf Tournament The Mark O’Meara Course at the Grandview Golf Club 245 Grandview Drive North Huntsville, Ontario Contact: Jason Restoule Phone: 705-497-9127 or toll-free: 1-877-702-5200 Email:

June 18 – 19, 2016 17th Annual Fort Robinson Intertribal Gathering Fort Robinson State Park 3200 US HWY 20 Crawford, Nebraska, USA Phone: 308-632-1311

June 17 – 19, 2016 Muckleshoot Veteran’s Powwow Muckleshoot Powwow Grounds Auburn, Washington, USA Contact: Grant Timentwa Phone: 253-876-3327 June 17 – 19, 2016 40th Annual Great Lakes Area Traditional Powwow Woodland Valley Gathering Grounds Wilson, Michigan, USA Contact: Molly Meshigaud Phone: 906-723-2612 June 17 – 19, 2016 Kaw Nation Washunga Days Intertribal Powwow Allegawaho Heritage Memorial Park Council Grove, Kansas, USA Phone: 620-767-5413 June 17 – 19, 2016 12th Annual Honoring Our Ancestors Powwow 4026 US Hwy 322 Wayne, Ohio, USA Contact: Annamarie Watchful Lynx Phone: 440-536-2213 June 17 – 19, 2016 Rainy River First Nations Powwow Manitou Rapids, Ontario Contact: Nicole Cochrane Phone: 807-482-2479 June 17 – 20, 2016 Summer Solstice Aboriginal Festival & Competition Powwow Vincent Massey Park Ottawa, Ontario June 18, 2016 Chief William Father’s Day Powwow Chief William Powwow Arbor 12 km south of Williams Lake, British Columbia Contact: Frances Supernault Phone: 250-280-1450 Contact: Virginia Gilbert

June 18 – 19, 2016 Kaboni Traditional Powwow Thunderbird Park Wikwemikong, Ontario Phone (toll-free): 1-844-945-8687 Email: June 18 – 19, 2016 Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi Annual Powwow Pine Creek Reservation 1485 Mno-Bmadzewen Way Fulton, Michigan, USA Contact: Robyn Burlingham Phone: 269-704-8373 June 18 – 19, 2016 35th Annual Plains Indian Museum Powwow Center of the West’s Robbie Powwow Garden 720 Sheridan Avenue Cody, Wyoming, USA Contact: Nancy McClure Phone: 307-578-4102 plains-indian-museum-powwow June 18 – 19, 2016 55th Annual Aamjiwnaang First Nation Powwow Bear Park 1972 Virgil Avenue Sarnia, Ontario Contact: Tracy Williams Phone: 519-336-8410 June 19, 2016 St. Albert National Aboriginal Day Festival Lions Park Corner of Tache Street & Sir Winston Churchill St. Albert, Alberta Contact: Gwen Crouse Email: June 21, 2016 Igniting the Spirit Gala 2016 A Celebration of the Thunderbird Time: 5:00 - 9:30 pm Ottawa Conference and Event Centre 200 Coventry Road Ottawa, Ontario Contact: Shelagh Mills Phone: 613-612-5482

Email: June 23, 2016 7th Annual National Aboriginal History Month Celebration Yonge & Dundas Square Time: 12:00 – 8:00 pm Toronto, Ontario Phone: 416-964-9087 June 23 – 26, 2016 Fort McKay Treaty Days Fort McKay First Nation, Alberta, Contact: Audrey Redcrow Phone: 780-215-2384 Email: June 24 – 26, 2016 19th Annual Peoria Powwow Peoria Powwow Grounds 60610 East 90 Road (at County Road 137 & E-90 Road) Miami, Oklahoma, USA Phone: 918-540-2535 June 24 – 26, 2016 Iyinowak Annual Powwow SLCN Cultural Powwow Grounds Saddle Lake Cree Territory, Alberta Vendors: Marilyn Makokis Phone: 780-726-7609 Vendors: Fabian Large Phone: 780-726-4020 June 24 – 26, 2016 Lake Vermilion Traditional Powwow Lake Vermilion Powwow Grounds Vermilion, Minnesota, USA Contact: Muriel Deegan Phone: 218-750-7772 Contact: Tracey Dagen Phone: 218-780-1478 June 25 – 26, 2016 Dokis First Nation 16th Annual Traditional Powwow Dokis First Nation, Ontario Contact: Paige Restoule Phone: 705-494-0912 Contact: Gwen Dokis Phone: 705-763-2280 Email: June 28 – 30, 2016 Beaver Lake Cree Nation Annual Competition Powwow “Mamowi Wicitowin” 18 km SE of Lac La Biche Beaver Lake Cree Nation, Alberta Contact: Marlene Sharphead Phone: 780-623-2553 Contact: James Gladue Phone: 780-404-3287 June 29 – July 4, 2016 118th Annual Arlee Celebration Arlee, Montana, USA Contact: Willie Stevens, Chairman Phone: 406-270-6958 Email:

JULY 2016 July 1 – 3, 2016 Ermineskin Cree Nation Powwow Maskwacis Park Maskwacis, Alberta Contact: Iris Albert Phone: 780-585-3065 Contact: Nina Makinaw Phone: 780-352-1321 Contact: Gloria Nepoose Phone: 780-585-3741

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July 1 – 3, 2016 O’Chiese First Nation Powwow Celebration Celebrating Our Cultural Heritage O’Chiese First Nation Reserve Rocky Mountain House, Alberta Phone: 1-888-256-3884

Calgary, Alberta Phone: 403-261-0101 July 14 – 17, 2016 Back to Batoche Days Batoche National Historic Site Batoche, Saskatchewan Phone: 306-343-8385

July 1 – 3, 2016 19th Annual Swan Lake Competition Powwow Swan Lake, Manitoba Contact: Eileen Catcheway / Phone: 204-836-2424 Email:

July 15 – 17, 2016 Kainai Powwow & Celebration Red Crow Park Standoff, Alberta Phone: 1-877-737-6379

July 1 – 3, 2016 22nd Annual Wildhorse Resort & Casino Powwow Umatilla Reservation 46510 Wildhorse Blvd. Pendleton, Oregon, USA Phone: 1-800-654-9453 Email:

July 15 – 17, 2016 Onion Lake Cree Nation Annual Powwow Onion Lake Cree Nation, Saskatchewan Contact: Bruce Whitestone Phone: 306-344-7541

July 1 – 4, 2016 144th Annual Quapaw Powwow Beaver Springs Park 5681 South 630 Road Quapaw, Oklahoma, USA Contact: Mike Shawnee, Powwow Chairman Phone: 918-724-6403

July 15 – 24, 2016 The Great Northern Arts Festival Under The Midnight Sun Midnight Sun Complex Inuvik, Northwest Territories Phone: 867-777-8638 Email:

July 7 – 10, 2016 65th Annual North American Indian Days Blackfeet Reservation Browning, Montana Contact: Blackfeet Tribal Office Phone: 406-338-7521 July 8 – 10, 2016 Enoch Cree Nation Powwow Enoch Cree Nation, Alberta Phone: 780-470-0359 July 8 – 10, 2016 Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation Annual Powwow Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, Alberta Contact: Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation Administration Office Phone: 780-967-2225 July 8 – 10, 2016 32nd Annual Great Mohican Powwow Mohican Reservation Campgrounds 23270 Wally Road South (County Road 3175) Loudonville, Ohio, USA Phone: 1-800-766-2267 July 8 – 10, 2016 Squamish Nation 28th Annual Youth Powwow 100 Capilano Road West Vancouver, British Columbia Contact: Gloria / 778-228-6501 Contact: Jan / 604-986-7414 July 9 – 10, 2016 26th Annual Echoes of a Proud Nation Powwow Kahnawake Powwow Grounds (10 miles south of Montreal) Kahnawake Mohawk Territory, Quebec Phone: 450-632-8667 July 9 – 11, 2016 Calgary Stampede Powwow Indian Village 1410 Olympic Way SE

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July 16, 2016 8th Annual Colorado Springs Native American Intertribal Powwow Mortgage Solutions Financial Expo Center 3650 N. Nevada Avenue Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA Contact: Rhetta Walter Phone: 719-559-0525 / 703-798-4320 July 19 - 20, 2016 Moses Lake and Cardston Powwow Lions Park Cardston, Alberta Phone: 403-653-3366 July 22 – 24, 2016 Dakota Oyate Wacipi Sioux Valley Dakota Nation, Manitoba Phone: 204-855-2670 / 1-866-721-0293 July 22 – 24, 2016 Spirit of the People Powwow Tzeachten Sports Field 46770 Bailey Road Chilliwack, British Columbia Contact: Gary Abbott Phone: 604-845-5234 Email: July 22 – 24, 2016 38th Annual Keweenaw Bay Maawanji’iding Ojibwa Campground Baraga, Michigan, USA Contact: Gary Loonsfoot Jr. Phone: 906-353-4108 Contact: Alden Connor Jr. Phone: 906-353-4278 July 22 – 24, 2016 37th Annual Grand River ‘Champion of Champions’ Powwow Chiefswood Tent & Trailer Park Six Nations of the Grand River Ohsweken, Ontario Phone: 519-751-3908 1-866-393-3001

July 22 – 24, 2016 Coeur d’Alene Tribal Encampment and Julyamsh Powwow Kootenai County Fairgrounds Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA Phone: 1-800-523-2464 July 28 – 31, 2016 150th Annual Winnebago Homecoming Celebration Veterans Memorial Park Winnebago, Nebraska, USA Contact: Tara Hernandez / 402-8783119 Vendor Info: Lucy Rave / 402-8783126 July 29 – 31, 2016 38th Annual Thunderbird Grand Mid-Summer Powwow Queens County Farm Museum 73-50 Little Neck Parkway Floral Park, New York, USA Phone: 718-347-FARM (3276) July 29 – 31, 2016 47th Annual Kihekah Steh Powwow Kihekah Steh Powwow Grounds 193rd Road & 52nd W Avenue (Javine Hill Road) Skiatook, Oklahoma, USA INFO: 918-396-3736 / 918-637-4241 Vendor Info: 918-381-7996 July 29 – 31, 2016 Lac La Biche Powwow Days & Fish Derby Lac La Biche Recreation Grounds Lac La Biche, Alberta Contact: Colleen 780-623-2477 Email: July 29 – 31, 2016 Kamloopa Powwow Secwepemc Powwow Grounds Kamloops, British Columbia Contact: Kamloopa Powwow Society Phone: 250-828-9782 Email: July 29 – 31, 2016 Tsuu T’ina Nation Annual Celebrations Redwood Fair Grounds 5 km east of Bragg Creek on Hwy 22 Contact: Dayna Big Plume Phone: 403-281-4455 July 29 – 31, 2016 Piikani Nation 59th Annual Celebration Crowlodge Park Brocket, Alberta Contact: Piikani Nation Administration Office Phone: 403-965-3940 July 29 – 31, 2016 Peepeekisis Cree Nation Powwow Peepeekisis Cree Nation, Saskatchewan Contact: Administration Office Phone: 1-888-892-2292 July 30 – August 1, 2016 56th Annual Wiikwemkoong Cultural Festival Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve Manitoulin Island, Ontario Contact: Wikwemikong Heritage Organization Phone: 1-877-859-2385

August 2016 August 2 – 4, 2016 Thundering Hills Powwow Nekaneet First Nation, Saskatchewan Contact: Administration Office Phone: 306-662-3660 August 4 – 7, 2016 Innu Nikamu Festival Aboriginal music & arts festival Mani-Utenam, Québec Phone: 418-927-2476 August 5 – 7, 2016 8th Annual Healing Mother Earth Intertribal & Traditional Powwow Fischer’s Pine Lake 3924 Maple Road Jefferson, Ohio, USA Contact: Sandi Red Wolf Phone: 440-344-9845 / 440-3194483 Email: August 5 – 7, 2016 Constance Lake First Nation Powwow On Hwy 11, just west of Hearst, Ontario Constance Lake First Nation, Ontario Contact: Band Office Phone: 705-463-4511 August 5 – 7, 2016 52nd Annual Rocky Boy Celebration Rocky Boy, Montana, USA Contact: Dustin Whitford or Caryn Sangrey Phone: 406-395-5705 August 6 – 7, 2016 Poundmaker’s Lodge Annual Powwow 25108 Poundmaker Road Sturgeon County, Alberta Phone: 1-866-458-1884 / 780-458-1884 Email: August 6 – 7, 2016 Bear Mountain Powwow Anthony Wayne Recreation Area Harriman State Park Palisades Interstate Parkway Stony Point, New York, USA Phone: 718-686-9297 Email: August 9 – 13, 2016 Aboriginal Music Week Winnipeg, Manitoba Contact: Alan Greyeyes Email: August 11 – 14, 2016 Siksika Nation Fair Siksika, Alberta Contact: Lucille Wright Phone: 403-734-5100 Phone: 403-901-9817 August 11 – 14, 2016 19th Annual John Arcand Fiddle Fest Windy Acres on Pine Lake Hwy #60 SW of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Contact: Vicki Arcand Phone: 306-382-0111 Email: August 12 – 13, 2016 Caldwell First Nation Powwow Traditional Caldwell Territory Corner of Bevel Line & Seacliff Drive East Leamington, Ontario Contact: Lonnie Dodge or Isabel Lewis Page [5] Phone: 519-322-1766

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Saskatchewan / Manitoba Don Wilkins’ metal sculptures of Metis history Louis Riel Trail (Highway 11) Metal sculptures by Saskatchewan artist and retired farmer Don Wilkins along Highway 11 pay homage to the role Métis people played in the region’s settlement. Among the sculptures is the first to depict Louise Riel, near Bladworth. The four-metre piece of work is called The Invitation and

Oviloo Tunnillie: A Woman’s Story in Stone May 21 - September 11, 2016 Winnipeg Art Gallery 300 Memorial Boulevard Winnipeg, Manitoba

The Buffalo Hunter, at Craik, stands 12 feet tall and was erected in 2000. (Photo:

symbolizes the time period in 1884 when a delegation went to Montana to ask Riel to help the Métis people in their negotiations with the Canadian government. Wilkins’ depictions of Métis history cover the years 1850 to 1895. His other sculptures are: The Surveyor, at Chamberlain; The Ox and Cart, at Aylsbury; The Buffalo Hunter, at Craik; The Buffalo, at Girvin; twodimensional open framed buffalo, near Chamberlain; The Bone Gatherer with Horse and Cart, at Dundurn; and two-dimensional buffalo at Buffalo Plains’ grain terminal, at Balgonie. In 2001, Wilkins and a committee of volunteers were able to get Highway 11 renamed the Louis Riel Trail. Additional Red River cart sculptures can be seen at the Bethune rest area, Highway 15 west of Kenaston, Hanley, Warman, Rosthern, Duck Lake, and Saskatchewan Landing.

Rings, Ruts and Remnants Trail Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park Stewart Valley, 50 km north of Swift Current on Highway 4 The Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park straddles the west end of Lake Diefenbaker. Saskatchewan Landing was once a bustling centre. First Nations, Métis, trail freighters, government surveyors, European settlers and North West Mounted Police all passed this way. The story is shown through the Red River carts used to cross the river in the 1800s, the ruts left by those carts, the teepee rings, and stone cairns. The Rings, Ruts and Remnants interpretive trail is a 2.6 km hike and gives an overview of some of the history surrounding Saskatchewan Landing. Since the Landing was a much-used crossing point on the South Saskatchewan River, this trail provides a glimpse into the lives of the people who lived and traveled here. The trail offers up teepee rings, rock cairns, a buffalo rubbing stone, remnants of homesteads, cart ruts, survey markings and even graves. The trail is clear-cut with the occasional hill. The trail also includes Goodwin House, built in 1897 by Frank Goodwin, a former North West Mounted Police officer. Saskatchewan Landing became more of a stopping area and the house used as a hotel. The house, restored 25 years ago, is a visitor and interpretive centre. A celebration marking its reopening is planned for July 16. For more information, check out:

Wanuskewin Heritage Park 15.5 km northeast of Saskatoon along Louis Riel Trail Wanuskewin Heritage Park is best known for its dedication to the history of the land and the people who lived and thrived there. Six thousand years ago, the nomadic tribes that roamed the northern plains gathered on this site to hunt bison, gather food and herbs, and escape the winter winds. The story of Wanuskewin is just beginning to be uncovered. Wanuskewin is Canada’s longest-running archeological dig and some of those dig sites date back thousands of years, making them older than the Egyptian pyramids. These sites provide clues to the daily existence of the early peoples. Tipi rings, stone cairns, pottery fragments, plant seeds, projectile points, egg shell fragments and animal bones are evidence of active thriving societies. Some sites teach about traditional life while other sites, like the ancient Medicine Wheel, still remain a mystery. Open year-round, Wanuskewin Heritage Park has something for everyone. The gift shop supports skilled local and rural artisans for their work and pays them fairly, while the dining menu offers traditional First Nations cuisine in a contemporary style. Wanuskewin Heritage Park is now connected to the Meewasin Valley Trail. For more information, check out:

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The Winnipeg Art Gallery is showcasing the first retrospective exhibition of carvings by Oviloo Tunnillie, one of the most respected Inuit sculptors from the Canadian Arctic and one of very few female carvers to achieve international success. The exhibition features 67 sculptures drawn from private and public collections in Canada and the United States. Tunnillie†was a†prolific carver with a distinctive modern style characterized by curvilinear, fluid shapes. Her earliest work is a typical genre of finely-crafted birds and sea life, but in the 1980s she became known for less conventional themes, such as athletes and exploited women. Tunnillie created sculptures dealing with social issues, including alcoholism, that affected her own life and her focus on nude figures, marked a distinctly new departure for an Inuit artist, male or Oviloo Tunnillie, Ikayukta Tunnillie Carrying her female. Tunnillie’s work is part of the Drawings to the Co-op, 1997 Serpentinite 50.5 x 29.5 WAG’s collection of contemporary Inuit x 37.0 cm Collection of John and Joyce Price. art, the largest of its kind in the world. The WAG is working to create the Inuit Art Centre to celebrate and engage with Inuit art and Indigenous cultures through exhibition, research, education, and art making. It will also house the WAG’s nationally recognized studio art and learning program.

Indian Treaty No. 1 Plaque Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site On Highway 9, 28 km north east of Winnipeg Rural Municipality of St. Andrews, Manitoba The signing of Treaty No. 1 is recognized by a plaque unveiled in 1928 outside the west gate of Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site. Treaty No. 1 was signed Aug. 3, 1871, by seven Chiefs of the Ojibway and Swampy Cree with a representative of the Crown. In return for reserves and the promise of annuity payments, livestock and farming implements, the First Nations ceded the land comprising the original province of Manitoba. Indian Treaty No. 1 was also known as the Stone Fort treaty, as the local First Nations referred to Lower Fort Garry as the Stone Fort. Lower Fort Garry, which was built for Governor George Simpson of the Hudson’s Bay Company between 1831 and 1848, has one of the finest collections of early stone buildings in western Canada. Schooners linked Norway House to the fort which was a focus for industry and transport in the lower Red River Settlement. Its farm helped supply food for boat brigades and oxen for Red River carts. The Aboriginal communities in the surrounding areas regularly traded their leather goods, farmed crops and dried fish with the Hudson’s Bay Company, and many worked for the company by taking part in the yearly buffalo hunts. This continued well into the 1850s and 1860s, with many Aboriginal women working on the company farms, and the men working the small fishery on the Red River. After 1870 the fort was used as a federal prison and the first training base for the North West Mounted Police. It was given to Canada by the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1951. Today, Lower Fort Garry has 46,000 objects on-site. The artifacts featured are selected from this larger collection of artifacts and historical reproductions. There are 13 buildings, including nine furnished to represent the mid-1800s, three museum display spaces, and a gun powder magazine. For more information, check out:

Mikinak-Keya Spirit Tour Canadian Museum for Human Rights 85 Israel Asper Way Winnipegm Manitoba A unique partnership between Elders and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights created the Mikinak-Keya (The Spirit Tour). The tour was developed with seven Elders representing Anishinaabe, Cree and Dakota Nations. Mikinak-Keya Spirit Tour invites visitors to discover the powerful connection between First Nations’ sacred knowledge and worldviews and the museum’s architecture and human rights mandate. Inspired by ceremony and living oral traditions, this tour offers unique insight into the seven sacred teachings that call on us to take responsibility for how we live and treat each other. The tour focuses on the museum’s architecture and use of space rather than the exhibits. There is singing, storytelling, works of art and amazing views. The 90minute tour is offered at quiet times of the day – early morning or evening - to provide for a contemplative experience. The tour is led by the museum’s Indigenous program interpreters. For more information, check out:

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A summer concert at Harbourfront Centre. (Photo: Harbourfront Centre)

The Sweet Sound of Our Nature: Sadie Buck and the He hi ye Girls Aug. 11, 2016 at 7 p.m. Harbourfront Centre 235 Queens Quay W. Toronto, Ontario Sadie Buck and the He hi ye Girls will be showcased as part of Harbourfront Centre’s Summer Music in the Garden series. The free concert will feature traditional and contemporary Haudenosaunee music and the sweet sound that only being in nature can provide. Buck is the creator of the first ever Aboriginal dance opera. Bones debuted in 2001 at The Banff Centre, in Alberta. Its cast of singers and dancers included representatives from three continents and 17 different Nations. Buck is from the Six Nations Reserve in Ontario and the Tonawanda Reservation in New York State. She is a librettist and composer. For more than 40 years, Harbourfront Centre has been presenting a wide diversity of culture, both national and international at distinctive venues in the heart of Toronto’s downtown waterfront.

Bronze sculpture of Francis Pegahmagabow Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts 2 Bay Street Parry Sound, Ontario A life-sized bronze sculpture commemorating Francis Pegahmagabow, the most highly-decorated First Nations soldier of WW I, will be installed in Parry Sound, Ontario, in June. The sculpture will stand at the Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts, overlooking Georgian Bay, with a view of Parry Island, Pegahmagabow’s home. Tyler Fauvelle, a professional artist based in Sudbury, Ont., created the sculpture, featuring elements of Ojibwa culture. Pegahmagabow was awarded the Military Medal in 1916, the citation speaks of his great bravery, disregard for danger, and faithfulness to duty. Similar acts of valour were recognized by additional bars to that medal, and Pegahmagabow was one of only 39 members of the Canadian Expeditionary Force to receive two bars to the Military Medal. A skilled sniper and scout, he fought overseas for almost the entire war, seeing action in some of its most horrific battles. On his return from the war, Pegahmagabow persistently rebelled against barriers and racism, agitating for change. He served as Chief of the Parry Island Band (Wasauksing First Nation), band councillor, and as Supreme Chief of the Native Independent Government.

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The stained glass window, designed by Christi Belcourt, commemorates Indian residential school survivors. (Photo:

Giniigaaniimenaaning (Looking Ahead) by Christi Belcourt Centre Block of Parliament Ottawa, Ontario Metis artist Christi Belcourt’s stained glass window in Centre Block of Parliament shines as a reminder of residential schools and the importance of reconciliation. The window, installed in 2012, is located directly above the west door of Centre Block. It is a permanent commemoration of the legacy of Indian residential schools and of the historic apology delivered by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2008. The title of the piece is “Giniigaaniimenaaning,” meaning “looking ahead” and within the deeper meaning of the Ojibway word is the idea that everyone is included and everyone is looking ahead for the ones “unborn.” “The story begins in the bottom left corner of the glass, with your eye moving upwards in the left panel to the top window, and flowing down the right window to the bottom right corner. The glass design tells a story. It is a story of Aboriginal people, with our ceremonies, languages, and cultural knowledge intact; through the darkness of the residential school era; to an awakening sounded by a drum; an apology that spoke to the heart; hope for reconciliation; transformation and healing through dance, ceremony, language; and resilience into the present day,” said Belcourt. Her work was selected by a panel of five.

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Photos from Manito Ahbee Powwow in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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Wilderness expeditions Nunavut

Manito Ahbee Powwow in Winnipeg, Manitoba.


Seneca Art & Culture Center Ganondagan State Historic Site 7000 County Road 41 (Boughton Hill Road) Victor, New York The Seneca Art & Culture Center explores the histories, traditions, and cultures of the Seneca and Iroquois people, and highlights the significance of the site as a major 17th-century Seneca town. The $15 million center, opened in July 2015, takes design inspiration from important symbols of unity within the Iroquois Confederacy. The architecture of the 17,000-square-foot, one-story building is grounded in two important symbols of peace in the Iroquois Confederacy: the Hiawatha belt, which visually captures the coming together of five original, Native nations into one Confederacy, and the Longhouse, which facilitated communal living and reinforced a sense of social unity. The center allows the non-profit Friends of Ganondagan, in partnership with New York State, to present year-round exhibitions, programs, and events that tell the story of Seneca and Iroquois contributions to North American art, culture, and society over the last 2,000 years. The gift shop features offerings of Seneca and Haudenosaunee artworks, jewelry, books and gifts relating to Ganondagan, as well as Iroquois White Corn Project products. For more information, check out:

Schemitzun August 27-28, 2016 The Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center 110 Pequot Trail Mashantucket, Connecticut The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation hosts Schemitzun, the Feast of Green Corn and Dance, honouring Mantoo (Creator), provider of all things and celebrating the Nation’s harvest, ancestors, Elders, veterans, family and Native American heritage. The celebration is only one event at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center. Tribally owned-and-operated since it opened†in August 1998, the museum brings to life the story of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. It serves as a major resource on the histories and cultures of Native Americans in the northeast and on the region’s rich natural history. The museum is a 308,000-square-foot complex, which includes permanent exhibits, the Mashantucket Gallery (a gallery for temporary exhibits), a restaurant and a museum shop. The research center houses collections, a library, archives, and archaeology and conservation laboratories. The building is designed to interact with its surrounding environment while maintaining the ecological integrity of the area. It embraces the tree line and is nestled into the landscape; two of the five levels of the facility are below ground. A 185-foot, stone-and-glass tower provides sweeping views of the swamp and region. The large, circular, glass-and-steel Gathering Space serves as an arrival area. The restaurant features a variety of Native American cuisines, and the museum shop specializes in contemporary Native American arts and crafts. For more information, check out:

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For visitors who are seeking a more remote northern experience in Nunavut, wilderness lodges provide that opportunity. They are situated in locations specifically chosen for a wide variety of outdoor activities in scenic arctic environments. They all come with expert local guidance, include maximum safety preparations and provide a high degree of personal service. Depending upon the season, visitors might arrive to the lodge by floatplane, boat, dogsled or snowmobile. There are no formal roads connecting the 25 separate communities of Nunavut nor are they connected by railroad. For a few months each summer once the sea ice has cleared, usually by late July or early August, it is possible to boat between Nunavut communities. The area around the wilderness lodges can be explored in kayaks or inflatable rafts, by mountain biking, hiking, or ATV. Guided by local experts, day-trip excursions can include roaming muskoxen, swimming belugas and wandering polar bears – watching all from a safe distance. Bush plane gives access to fly-fishing or special areas for filming migrating caribou herds as seen from above. For more information about tourism in Nunavut, check out: http:/ /

Tombstone Territorial Park The Yukon Tombstone Territorial Park†is a legacy of the Tr’ondÎk HwÎch’in land claim agreement and lies within that traditional territory. The park protects a unique wilderness of rugged peaks, permafrost landforms and abundant wildlife, all reflected in a rich First Nations culture. As such, this remote park has few established trails and even day hikes present rough terrain and drastic weather changes. It is recommended that hikers leave a trip plan with someone or the RCMP before traveling into the Tombstone Park area. Backcountry camping at Grizzly, Divide and Talus Lake sites require reservations and permits in order to reduce impacts on the natural and cultural resources. The Dempster Highway bisects the park and provides an opportunity to view stunning arctic tundra landscapes and wildlife, and access to hiking areas. The concentration of wide ecological niches has resulted in a diverse collection of flora and fauna uncommon at this latitude. The Dempster Highway begins about 40 km east of Dawson City and extends 736 km to Inuvik. The highway crosses the Peel River and the Mackenzie Rivers, depending on the season by ferry or ice bridges. The Tombstone Interpretive Centre, a one hour drive north of Dawson City, is worth a visit. The building was designed to withstand the harsh and remote northern environment, reduce its environmental impact and maximize the energy from the sun. The centre showcases the park’s features through interpretive displays and trails, guided walks and programs, and a list of special events. For more information, check out:

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Quebec / Maritimes


Manito Ahbee Powwow in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Gespeg Interpretation Site 783, boulevard Pointe-Navrre Gaspe, Quebec The Gespeg Interpretation Site is a reconstructed traditional Mi’gmaq village from the 17th century where guides explain history, way of life, and customs of the Mi’gmaq people. A short trail through the village shows wigwams, round fire, utility objects and hunting traps, showcasing the practical and ingenious lifestyle of the ancestors. Interactive displays also help bring home the story about how the Mi’gmaq retained their traditions despite being in contact with European fishermen since the mid-1600s. A thematic permanent exhibition presents the writings and testimonies of the early missionaries and explorers to the the Mi’gmaq universe, the prehistoric origin of the Mi’gmaq provinces along the Atlantic coasts, and the influence of Mi’gmaq Gaspesian toponyms including Gaspé, which means “where the land ends.” The boutique offers a wide range of authentic handicrafts and quality products, highlighting the Mi’gmaq crafts and other products native culture of Quebec. For more information, check out:

Brousseau Inuit Art Gallery 35, rue Saint-Louis Vieux-Quebec, Quebec The Brousseau Inuit Art Gallery was created in 1999 as a private museum by Raymond Brousseau. Brousseau acquired his first piece of Inuit sculpture in 1956 and kept adding to his collection. The result was his first gallery in 1974. Acquiring the best work from Inuit artists, who are represented by a number of North Canadian Inuit cooperatives, is now the work of current director Jean-Francois Brousseau, which he has been doing for almost two decades. The ongoing support of the Brousseau Gallery has allowed the artists to pursue their works faithful to their traditions and to improve their standard of living. The Inuit art room, with over 450 pieces, demonstrates the evolution of Brousseau’s collection. Pieces from the Baffin region represent the main producers of arts in the Canadian arctic. The Nunavik region is the cradle of contemporary Inuit art. Artists in the Kivalliq region produce an esthetic which dispenses of details and creates more form. The sculpture of the Kitikmeot region is characterized by fantastical forms with themes linked to shamanism and spirits. Sculptors in the Inuvialuit region work with whale bone, walrus ivory and musk ox horns, and sometimes area stone. The subject of every display is illustrated mainly through carvings, carefully chosen and identified, in French, English, and, in many instances, Inuktitut. For more information, check out:

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Ben Calf Robe Powwow in Edmonton, Alberta.

Kekina’masuti Nemitekemk Nktuey Mijua’jijk: Through Children’s Eyes Art Gallery of Nova Scotia 1723 Hollis Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia 341 Main Street, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia The ongoing exhibition, Kekina’masuti nemitekemk nktuey mijua’jijk: Through Children’s Eyes, is a selection of artwork by young children from reserves throughout Nova Scotia. The artwork on display was collected from four and five year olds in the Aboriginal Head Start On-Reserve programs and reflects the imagination and creativity of these very young artists as they express their cultural and personal experiences. The exhibition also includes two works from the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia’s Permanent Collection by First Nations artists Alan Syliboy and Dozay Christmas. These two images were used by the gallery, during the in-service workshops for Head Start co-ordinators, to demonstrate how original artworks can be used to encourage the development of visual literacy in young children. The children’s art is also featured in a new publication, Kekina’masuti Nemitekemk Nktuey Mijua’jijk: Through Children’s Eyes:An L’nu Resource for Exploring the Visual Arts, developed as a result of a partnership initiative between Head Start programs, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Glooscap Heritage Centre with support from First Nations and Inuit Health Atlantic Region. It was designed as a resource, for early childhood educators in Mi’kmaw communities, to offer ways to connect culture with creative self-expression in and through the arts. For more information, check out:

Torngat Mountains Base Camp and Research Station 2-6 Royal Street Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador Established in 2006, Torngat Mountains Base Camp Project was created to facilitate ease of access and enjoyment for visitors, while maintaining a cost-effective, authentic and reliable system for researchers engaged in scientific and archaeological work. The first base camp was located on Shuldham Island. In 2007, it was relocated to its current location in St. John’s Harbour, just outside the park boundary on Labrador Inuit Lands. The base camp is operational from mid-July to the end of August. Torngat Mountains is polar bear and black bear country so travelling with an experienced Inuit polar bear guide enhances the journey. There are no designated camping sites so a tent can be pitched anywhere but at archaeological sites. Be prepared to see tent rings, graves, blinds, fox traps and food caches, as well as stone cairns and inukshuks. Now a ridge hiking excursion is offered with an eight-minute helicopter flight from base camp to a nearby mountain ridge where visitors spend the day overlooking some of the park’s most spectacular landscapes. Since 2009, the operational management of Base Camp has been the responsibility of the Nunatsiavut Group of Companies, the business branch of the Nunatsiavut Government. For more information, check out:

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