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The Origin: Women's Traditional Dance

The Origin: Women's Traditional Dance

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Knowledge Keeper Sharon Baptiste of Poundmaker Cree Nation in Saskatchewan shares the story of Women’s Traditional Dance.  This dance started with women of the community dancing on the outside circle protecting the men dancing within the circle.

The origin stories for the videos featured in the Powwow! Ohcîwin the Origins exhibition were filmed during the 2019 and 2020 powwow season. The storytellers in the videos are Knowledge Keepers, who were approached by Patrick and Marrisa Mitsuing, of Powwow Times, to share one of the origin stories of their dance specialty.

This video was created by Powwow Times in collaboration with the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery for the exhibit Powwow! Ohcîwin The Origins. Click here to view it on YouTube.

Artisans who collaborated on the Women's Traditional Regalia on display in Powwow! Ohcîwin The Origins (pictured left) include Curtis Miller Joe (accessories), Nita McAdam (beadwork & buckskin dress), Kendra Roan (quilled breastplate) and Eric Mentuck (featherwork).

Thank you to our major supporters in the development of this exhibition and its video content: Alberta Museums Association, City of Red Deer, Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

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Powwow! Ohcîwin The Origins

Ohcîwin is a Cree word meaning “The Origin” or telling of a story where something originated.

Powwow! Ohcîwin The Origins features 7 powwow dance styles, with full Regalia and craft work.  Curators and creators, Patrick Mitsuing and Marrisa Mitsuing, have gathered the stories, worked with the Artisans, and carefully built the Regalia for this exhibition.

This exhibition is on display at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery (MAG) until February 27, 2021. Book your visit today!

 

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