It started off with an opening prayer and the Smudge ceremony, which purifies and cleanses the space with positive energy. Then Eastern Owl took the stage for the first time. They're a group that performs First Nations drumming, and many of the songs have been passed down by elders, although one of the songs they performed was written by one of the members of the group. The song sounded fairly traditional, but there were a few English phrases incorporated. It's refreshing to see that the group is not only performing traditional songs, but also writing new songs in that style.
Then Terrence Littletent took the stage with some Cree drumming and singing, along with a dancer wearing a jingle dress.
Then came the grand finale, of sorts. Terrence Littletent, world champion hoop dancer, came back to the stage to show his skills. If you're curious about what hoop dancing is, according to Wikipedia "Native American Hoop Dance is a form of storytelling dance incorporating anywhere from one to 30 hoops as props, which are used to create both static and dynamic shapes, or formations, representing various animals, symbols, and storytelling elements. It is generally performed by a solo dancer with many hoops."
But he didn't only hoop dance, he hoop danced in black light to techno music! We thought it was really interesting how it doesn't seem as if the people in the show are just preserving their culture, they're also modernizing some aspects to make them more relevant and keep their culture going.
Unfortunately, we couldn't take pictures during the dance, but this is a picture of him setting up.
Here are a few more pictures from the show: