2012 Highlights – check back for 2013 programming shortly!
Over 45 Aboriginal artisans and craftspeople selected from across Turtle Island will showcase and sell their authentic arts, crafts and merchandise over the course of the festival. Surrounding this impressive display of Aboriginal culture will be the new ‘Cultural Pavilions,’ offering an opportunity to view, experience and create contemporary Aboriginal art.
ARTIST PAVILLIONS & EXHIBIT
INTERACTIVE ARTISAN WORKSHOPS
ABORIGINAL ARTISAN VILLAGE
We are excited to have some of the most outstanding, authentic and talented Aboriginal artisans from across Turtle Island (North America) exhibiting at our festival. We invite our visitors to explore the unique handicrafts and items for sale and help support our community with your purchase. Since the rest of the festival is all free – it helps to save a few dollars to spend on that something special for yourself! You will find hand-made leather goods, wood and ceramic crafts, drums, dream-catchers and wind chimes, birch-bark items, clothing and accessories, ALL types of jewellery, cradle-boards, regalia, moccasins…. not to mention beautiful paintings and artwork. Truly something for everyone and every budget!
While visiting the festival, take advantage of the opportunity to sample some traditional and contemporary Aboriginal foods – along with some festival favourite foods. Our community food vendors will offer an opportunity to try buffalo burgers, venison, pickerel and wild rice. You will notice most “Pow Wow Trail” favourites as well like Indian Tacos and Fry Bread! Of course, festival treats like fries, lemonade and cotton candy will also be on hand! Vincent Massey Park offers great picnic space and tables throughout the site to enjoy.
Simon Brascoupé Artist & Curator
Simon Brascoupé, is an internationally known Aboriginal artist from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg , Maniwaki, Quebec. He depicts humans’ sacred relationship with animals and birds using a traditional Aboriginal stencil (pochoir) technique. By being closer to the natural world we fulfill ourselves as human beings. Simon’s work has been exhibited in Canada, the United States, Europe, China and Cuba. He is in the collections of the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. His work is also in major corporate and private collections.
Jaime is a Métis artist born in Edmonton, Alberta in1978. She spent her formative years growing up in and around the small but buzzing town of Lac La Biche, Alberta until 1999. Since 2000, Jaime has lived and worked in Ottawa where she raises three children and works as a Policy Analyst and Communications Officer at the Métis National Council. She performs as a Métis cultural dancer and cultural educator in schools and at community events. In 2004 Jaime received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Canadian Studies and in 2012, a Masters of Arts degree. In 2004/5, Jaime won a National Aboriginal Achievement Award from the National Aboriginal Health Organization and was recognized for her contributions through art and academia. Her artwork is in a great number of private collections around the world.
Featured artists in the Exhibit: