We have two summer chamber music festivals here in Ottawa, one following hard on the heels of the other. I was reminded by a friend as we watched a hoop dance at Ottawa Chamberfest that I had not posted shots I got at the previous festival, Music and Beyond. There an evening was put together to showcase folk from various cultures of the indigenous communities. Activities ranged from a smokedance through throat singing to Métis step dancing to a hoop dance. Enjoy..
Smokedance performed by Sarawe Longboat
Throat singer plays a traditional game with her son
Hoop dance with Mariah Miigwans
Métis jigging or step dancing with the Lyons Sisters
The Travelling Song – traditional farewell song which includes participation from the audience