This event last Wednesday was a perfect introduction to First Nations dance and drumming and it was free. All of the Natives there introduced themselves and their nation — Ojibway, Algonquin, Mi’kmaq, etc. Affable emcee Devon Davis explained about the drums and the heartbeat of Mother Earth, and what the dances and pow wows are about. He even included some recent aboriginal history. The audience got up and danced with the Natives. The school children and others then asked good questions.
The dancers explained about their intricate regalia. Devon said it’s not a “costume,” a word which has a different connotation. “Costume” is not an expression of what’s inside.
Michele Perpaul with her deep, amazing voice sang one of the prayers. Every song is a prayer, she said. She is Afro-Canadian. She joined her husband’s Ojibway nation so her four sons would have a spiritual home.
I was so inspired, I want to try out the drum circle which takes place every Monday evening 5:30-6:45 (except for holidays) at the Native Canadian Centre, 16 Spadina Road. They teach drumming there aimed at healing and helping you ground yourself. It’s free too.
Devon wrote: Thank you. You are very kind. You wrote a very thoughtful piece. If I could make one request, instead of calling us ‘natives’ call us ‘First Nations people’, that is what we prefer. Thank you again.
If you wanted to learn more about our culture and attend teachings/events I would suggest getting a membership to the Centre. It is very inexpensive and we will send our monthly newsletter with our calendar of events. Check out our website. Thank you.