BC Scene

The arts and culture of British Columbia come to Ottawa/Gatineau

April 21 to May 3, 2009

First Nations Welcome

April 22, 2009, 5:30pm

National Arts Centre - Le Salon

53 Elgin Street, Ottawa

Free Event

This celebratory event welcomes First Nations artists from British Columbia into the National Capital Region for BC Scene festivities. It is an evening of community sharing between local Indigenous performers, visiting B.C. artists and other invited dignitaries.

Jim Hart, a Haïda artist who carries the Edenshaw family name, splits his time between his home in Vancouver and his home in Old Masset on Haïda Gwaii. His work with well-known Haïda artist Bill Reid in the 1980’s influenced his concern for aesthetic and cultural accuracy. He has carved many totem poles and is an accomplished jeweller. In 1999, he became hereditary chief of the Eagle Clan of Haïda Gwaii.

Kevin Chief of the Algonquin Nation and Rhonda Doxtator of the Oneida Nation together perform a traditional round dance style of singing and drumming.

Iskwew (is-kway-yo) is Sandy Scofield (Métis), Brenda Hanson (Klahoose, Coast Salish) and Kym Gouchie (Carrier, Cree, Shuswap). Together, they create and perform songs in the plains, West Coast and northern interior traditions.

The Dancers of Damelahamid are a traditional Gitksan dance group originally from the Skeena River in Northwestern B.C. They present masked dances, stories, and songs belonging to the house of Simoiget Hagbegwatku, the highest ranking chief of the Dakhumhast House.

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Imagine 600 artists from B.C. representing all disciplines, performing in the national spotlight on the stages of Ottawa/Gatineau: that's BC Scene, presented by the National Arts Centre, spring 2009.

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