You’re invited to celebrate Métis culture this Saturday.
The Métis are a distinct aboriginal group born from the union of First Nations women and European fur traders during the 18th and 19th centuries.
As this population established distinct communities separate from those of Indians and Europeans, and married among themselves, a new aboriginal people emerged — the Métis — with their own unique culture, traditions, language (Michif), way of life, collective consciousness and nationhood.
Today, over 400,000 people identify themselves as Métis. Music and dance are an important part of Métis culture.
The MIKI’SW Métis Association and I-Hos Gallery are pleased to have renowned Métis Artisan Lisa Shepherd conduct a Métis jigging workshop for all ages. Get those toes tapping as you learn some traditional Métis dances.
Cultural activities: • Lisa Shepherd Métis dance jigging workshop; • Drum making workshop (make your own drum and learn about the drum’s connection to culture, healing and spirituality. Spaces are limited and must be preregistered.) • Kids beaded etched craft;
• Métis artisan table;
The celebration of Métis culture this Saturday happens from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the K’ómoks Band Hall at 3310 Comox Rd.
Events from 9 to noon are for kids and families. After a lunch break, activities from 1 to 4:30 p.m. are geared for youth and adults.
For more information, visit www.comoxvalleymetis.com.
— I-Hos Gallery