International Indigenous Arts and Culture Celebration
September 16, 2017
Hosted on Lekwungen Territory with permission of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations
BC Legislature Lawn (501 Belleville St.)
10am – 5pm
Pacific Peoples’ Partnership presents the tenth anniversary of One Wave Gathering!
This milestone features the unveiling of the Longhouse Project, an unprecedented public art installation on the BC Legislature lawn, a historic Lekwungen village site. Four temporary longhouse structures will be raised featuring youth designs in the styles of Coast Salish, Kwakwaka’wakw, Nuu-chah-nulth, and South Pacific peoples. This project was produced in partnership with MediaNet and Nuu-chah-nulth artist Hjalmer Wenstob. Learn more
Everyone is welcome to come enjoy interactive displays, educational activities and cultural sharing with Indigenous leaders and artists. Join in the fun with an interactive weaving activity and a public game of Slahal!
Experience dance presentations by North and South Pacific groups and works by Indigenous artists Hjalmer Wenstob, Karen Whetung, Eddi Wilson, Nahaan and Victoria’s Indigenous Artist in Residence Lindsay Delaronde.
Main Stage Schedule
10:00 Opening and Welcome from Songhees Nation Chief Ron Sam and Esquimalt Nation Chief Andy Thomas
11:00 – 5:00: Dance Presentations
Esquimalt Singers & Dancers
Pearls of the South Pacific
Ahousaht Dance Group
Tusitala Polynesian Dance Group
11: – 5:00 Cultural sharing inside each house – led by each community
11: – 3:30 Ongoing games of slahal (‘stick game’ or ‘bone game’) on the lawn
11-3:30 Human Loom weaving activity – bring a piece of fabric that has meaning for you and you’ll be able to weave this into a collaborative art project.
4:00 Remembering by Lindsay Delaronde and Nahaan with Eddi Wilson
Remembering is a collaborative performance piece co-created by Mohawk artist Lindsay Delaronde and Nahaan, a Tlingit artist based in Seattle. This performance will be presented at the Legislature building during One Wave Gathering. Performing at the legislature building confronts colonialism and the impact it has on our relation to our human being. This performance brings forth a narrative of intimacy, connection and equality of the feminine and masculine, and the fall of matriarchy and the rise of colonial patriarchy. Lindsay and Nahaan will perform through body gestures and actions that reflect a healing process and bring back balance, harmony and remembering through resurgence of culture and healing ceremony.
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Thank you to our generous 2017 sponsors!