I have been asked by the town of Huntsville to do the Noon Day Prayers for National Aboriginal Day, which is June 21st = the Summer Solstice
National Aboriginal Day is a fairly new holiday here is Canada.
Most Native communities have always celebrated the Summer Solstice according to their cultures and people living in the big cities drive home to the reservation for the day, much as other Canadians would do for Thanksgiving day.
So this day was essentially selected by the Government to pay long over-due tribute to the First Nations.
Here is a little more about it all came together:
Sadly there is little funding in the communities for putting an event and so we all organize things on aolunteer basis.
I am planing to set up a cultural display for our 2 Host Nations, the Anishinaabe ( = the Ojibwa)
and the Kanien’keha’:ka (= the Mohawk)
After the prayers at Noon I will have the Teaching Tent open for cultural teachings:
– – Smudging:
Making Prayers with sacred herbs
= learn about smudging and participate in a smudging ceremony
— Our Host Nations the Anishinaabe and the Mohawk:
a look at 2 distinct cultures –
– – Buffalo teachings –
– – Frame Drum circle 🙂
I will bring the large Pow Wow Drum and extra drums
– – sometime later …..
after I catch my breath……
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