Nanaimo festival celebrates Indigenous dance, drum, art, crafts and cuisine

Nanaimo festival celebrates Indigenous dance, drum, art, crafts and cuisine

What: Sum̓sháthuthut [Sun] Festival, A Feast of Indigenous Dance, Drum, Song and Delicacies
Where: Beban Park Auditorium, 2300 Bowen Rd., Nanaimo
When: Saturday, 3 p.m. (doors at 2:30)
Tickets: $15 at the door (tickets which involve supper can be acquired from for $25 or $45

Nanaimo’s Sum̓sháthut Pageant was not developed to attraction only to Indigenous communities all-around the mid-Island. According to organizer Tsatassaya White, the celebration of lifestyle, food and new music from quite a few Very first Nations is for anyone to get pleasure from.

“When I envisioned this, I felt like there was an option to acquire people today, and not just my folks,” reported White, who is a member of Snuneymuxw and Hupacasath First Nations. “Everyone is invited to take part. We’re sharing Indigenous lifestyle with everybody.”

The Sum̓sháthut Competition — “sum̓sháthut” representing sun — is timed to coincide with winter season solstice, a major time of calendar year in Indigenous tradition. It signifies “the return of the sunshine,” according to White, and celebrations all over Dec. 21, the shortest period of time of daylight and longest night time of the year, are popular.

Her occasion — which brings together for sale a enormous range of conventional wares, including beading, knitting, portray, and carving at the Buying and selling Publish Market — is meant to unify many tribes and nations from Vancouver Island, each individual of which is web hosting their personal non-public celebrations at this time of yr.

“Because it is wintertime, frequently what takes place is anyone [in the Indigenous community] stays home and has feasts, but you have to be invited to people activities to attend. I assumed there was an possibility to assemble people today and rejoice with each other.”

White mentioned Nanaimo has an Indigenous urban population of 10,000 people today, comprised of Initial Nations from throughout the region. But with differing traditions and ceremonies surrounding winter season solstice, she gave her occasion steeped in ancient traditions a up to date twist — many thanks to urban inter-tribal dance groups — to promise its achievements.

“People have genuinely missed our cutlure. People will be delighted to hear the songs and see the dancers.”

Nanaimo’s Crimson Coastline Dance is on-board as a presenter at the Beban Park Auditorium party, which gave White the prospect to better showcase Indigenous executing arts. Performances by Salish Shxw’aluqwa’, Hishuk’ish Tsawalk Dance Team, and Lekwungen Dancers are scheduled. In addition to dance and tunes, foods is also a significant element of the appeal. Offerings of salmon, deer stew and bannock are on the menu, White mentioned, and are offered in tandem with or seperate from event admission.

“We’re celebrating culture, cusine, manner. We’re masking a large amount of bases.”

Artisans, fashion designers and storytellers round out the roster functions on a active Saturday for White and her pageant crew. “There’s a little bit of everything,” White explained.

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