Published May 25, 2010This summer brings us the third annual Ode'min Giizis Festival of Indigenous Arts in Peterborough, ON. This outdoor cultural festival takes place over a six-day span from June 16 to 21, and this year, over 200 indigenous artists, musicians, performers, writers, storytellers, artisans and dancers will be gathering to showcase their work.
Some of the performances to grace this year's fest include internationally acclaimed Indigenous artists such as Samantha Crain, Jackson 2bears, Lucie Idlout, Mihirangi, OKA and Björk collaborator Tanya Tagaq. Festival organizers boast having something for everyone, as these performers explore folk, electronica, rock, throat singing, beat mastering, video jockeys, storytelling and more.
This festival is a celebration of the beginning of summer and takes place in Peterborough, which is part of the traditional Anishnaabe territory. For thousands of years, it has been a place known as a gathering spot where tribes, families and leaders converge to exchange ideas and knowledge.
The festival also hosts a two-day traditional gathering/pow wow, which is taking place at Del Crary Park and marks National Aboriginal Day on June 21. Leading the gathering is Grammy Award-winning Northern Cree Singers from Alberta.
Also, on the morning of June 21, anyone who is interested can meet in front of Peterborough City Hall and take part in the Community Procession. The parade will feature original 12-foot puppet creations, as well as dancers, drummers, elders and other First Nation community members. To reserve your spot in the parade, call 705-745-1788.
For more information on the Ode'min Giizis festival, head here.