Wikwemikong Tourism hosts Celebration of the Arts this week

WIKWEMIKONG—This week, Wednesday, August 17 to Friday, August 19, marks Wikwemikong Tourism’s Celebration of the Arts in that community with each day offering a different taste of arts and culture in hour-long workshops all through the day.

Day 1, (today), Wednesday, August 17, holds the theme of visual arts. Beginning at 11 am, take in a workshop on regalia making with Alanna Trudeau followed by: lunch with Mark Eshkawkogan from noon to 1 pm; beading with Fay Rivers from 1 to 3 pm; wood burning with Wayne Pheasant, also from 1 to 3 pm; photography with Linda Roy from 3 to 4 pm; fashion with Bruno Henry from 4 to 5 pm; and Seven Grandfather Crafts from 5 to 6 pm with Mike Cywink.

Day 2, Thursday, August 18, is a day to celebrate the culinary arts. The day begins with a traditional cuisine lunch with Mark Eshkawkogan from noon to 1 pm; learn how to filet fish from 1 to 2 pm with Lorne Agawa; a pie-making/eating contest from 2 to 3 pm; breads of the world with Debajehmujig; a DJ workshop from 4 to 5 pm with DJ Soul Secta; beatmaking from 5 to 6 pm with Switch B; and a hip-hop dance workshop with KOSI from 6 to 7 pm.

The last Day of the Wikwemikong Celebration of the Arts, Friday, August 19, begins at noon with a social with Young Biisineh until 1 pm; a workshop on studio recording at 1 until 2 pm with Jason Manitowabi; a poetry/spoken word session from 2 to 3 pm with Smelly Kat NDN Poet; breakdancing/B-boy and B-girls with various artists from 3 to 5 pm; a rap performance from Q Rock from 5 to 6 pm; and a closeout with a live performance by Elijah and the Backburners from 6 to 7 pm.

As part of the Celebration of the Arts, Debajehmujig will also be giving a nightly showcase of its world renown production of Global Savages—the unknown 18,000-year history of indigenous people in North America in 90 minutes or less—at the Holy Cross Mission Ruins, incorporating the theme of the day into each production. Global Savages runs Wednesday, August 17 until Saturday, August 20 at 7:30 pm. All performances are at the Holy Cross Mission Church Ruins beside the historic church on top of the hill on Wikwemikong Way.

For more information call Wikwemikong Tourism at 705-859-3477 or visit www.wikwemikong.ca.