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Over 50 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.

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!

Traditional Foods

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.


2013 marks the 400th anniversary of the Algonquin Nation’s first encounter with the new settlers as Samuel de Champlain took his maiden voyage down the Ottawa River into their traditional territory.  Champlain’s journals share interesting stories on his encounters with the historical Chief Tessouat who controlled access along this historical trading route by charging a toll!  The 1613 Pavillion will help to share the rich traditional and evolving culture of the Algonquin Nations from this traditional territory – both the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan and the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg.   Interactive programming, exhibits and demonstrations will bring this rich culture to life for visitors!

Historical Algonquin Village Display & Birch Bark Canoe Building

Pinocklivingdisplay_size1Master Algonquin craftsman, Daniel Smith (Pinock) has created traditional living displays to depict an Algonquin families traditional home during the 1600s using the natural  material birch bark and displaying some common tools and pieces of daily life.  He has also crafted a traditional family dwelling from the neighbouring Iroqouis Nations to demonstrate the different lifestyles of that period.   Visit the interactive display Friday through Sunday.

Watch Pinock at work, with an interactive birch bark canoe building demonstration.  Over the weekend, he will work with the traditional materials that help to form one of the Algonquin Nation’s most significant contributions to Canada – the birch bark canoe.

Pikwakanagan First Nation Exhibit 

Celebrating our Algonquin people of past and present.  Learn more about the history of when Chief Tessouat first meets Champlain and the history of our community Pikwakanagan Friday through Sunday.

Native Visual Productions (NVP)

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Native Vision Productions (NVP) is an aboriginal collective created by two young Anishinawbek artists, Isaac Weber & Nyle Johnston. Isaac is from Cabo Verde and Anishinawbek decent. Nyle is from The Chippewas of Nawash First Nations and Isaac Weber from Henvy Inlet First Nations. The two met in 2010 and started collaborating on numerous projects. Although they both have a passion for painting their styles are very different. Nyle focuses on Anishinawbek spirit art and Isaac on modern contemporary art. The two of them love to use whatever is on hand to paint on including large canvases, murals and the city’s landscape. Recently, the two have been travelling to several First Nation communities in Ontario facilitating visual art workshops with youth focused on health promotion. Using visual arts, NVP and the community explore First Nation social and health concerns and paint ways to overcome them.

Daniel Smith

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Daniel Smith, or better known to the community as Pinook, has been sharing his traditional craft for years with anyone who is willing to learn. Pinook, specializes in birch bark crafts to name a few. Pinook is known for his workshops of all ages, on building teepees, wigwams, Algonquin birchbark canoes, and basket making. Pinook is an Algonquin from Kitigan Zibi Anishnabeg, Manawaki, Quebec.

Simon Brascoupe – Artist and Curator

simon-brascoupe_size1Simon Brascoupe is an Internationally known Aboriginal artist from Kitigan Zibi Anishnabek, 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 the collections of the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. His work is also in major corporations and private collections.

 Jaime Koebel

Jaime Koebel_size1Jaime is a Métis artist bron in Edmonton Alberta in 1978. 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 a Master of Arts degree in 2012. 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

Kirk Brant

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Kirk Brant is a member of the Mohawks of the Bay Quinte, Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory born in Toronto, 1969. His art reflects his heritage as a Mohawk person. Hunting and fishing are an important part of his life and appear in much of the subject matter of his art. Kirk is a self-taught fine artist. Having painted most of his life he began to paint professionally in his late teens. Kirk paints from his home in Ottawa South.

David Finkle

DavidFinkle_size1David Finkle has been called a ‘Renaissance man’ by those who know him best. He is an award-winning multi-instrumental recording artist well-versed in many a musical doctrine. David is a highly sought after project facilitator for his popular workshops regarding traditional drum building and historical presentations. Being of such a multi-disciplined nature, if you’ve ever left your house chances are you’ve probably seen or heard David acting in one capacity or another. Drums and flute are but one example of his musical talents, specializing in the genre of ‘World-beat’. Whilst exhibiting strong focus on drum, melody duties often go to Native American Flute, an instrument which according to David is “unlike any in the world…”

Heather Campbell

HeatherCampbell_size1Heather Campbell is originally from Rigolet, Nunatsiavut (Northern Labrador) and has a B.F.A from Sir Wilfred Grenfell College School of Fine Art, Memorial University of Newfoundland. She was Curatorial Assistant at the Inuit Art Centre of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada for a number of years, and was on the board of directors of Gallery 101 artist run centre as well as the board of the Artist Run Centres and Collectives of Ontario. Currently Heather is a freelance curator, illustrator, and artist.

Alice Beaudoin Photography 

Alice Beaudoin Photography_size1Alice just loves taking photos. She is truly happy with my chosen profession. Alice find it so gratifying to see the joy on new parents’ faces when they receive their newborns first photographs, or when you catch the twinkle in a young child’s eyes, or when newlyweds embrace. It is with that love of capturing those special moments, Alice Beaudoin Photography is sure to capture the best of you!