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Celebrate Siguan (Spring) at Mādahòkì Farm
March 25-27, 2022
Please join Indigenous Experiences, producers of the Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival and operators of Mādahòkì Farm in Ottawa’s greenbelt to celebrate the Spring Season in the context of Indigenous culture.
FREE ONSITE PARKING AND FREE ADMISSION
|Why:||Celebrate arrival of spring and learn about Indigenous culture|
|Who:||Individuals and families|
|Where:||Mādahòkì Farm - 4420 West Hunt Club Rd.|
March 25-27, 2022
SIGUAN FESTIVAL HOURS
Friday March 25 10am to 5pm
Saturday March 26 10am to 5pm
Sunday March 27 10am to 5pm
Admission is free and attendance is staggered.
Visitors must pre-register in 30-minute arrival windows.
(100 per time slot until further notice)
Plan to spend 2- 3 hours onsite.
Regulations permitting some vendors & shopping may be indoors but dress to enjoy some outdoor fun!
- Bring out your inner artist as you create your own Indigenous painting using stencils of woodland style animals. Great workshop for all ages. (Register online, $10 per person)
- Savour meals inspired by our Annishnaabe Sugar Moon! Make your own maple taffy, with Indigenous harvested syrup ($5 each). Enjoy a meal of maple bbq bison meatballs, traditional baked maple beans and Bannock and a beverage ($20 each full meal) Cedar Wildberry Chai Tea, Hot Chocolate and Bannock available on site.
- Enjoy live cultural performances and storytelling on the Celebration Stage.
- Meet the rare and endangered Ojibwe Spirit Horses and listen to their story of survival and resilience with Spirit Horse Advocate Artist Rhonda Snow
- Shop the Indigenous makers market with dozens of Indigenous vendors selling onsite and online.
- Walk the Legacy Trail and gain traditional knowledge about the change of seasons and moons and the plants and medicines that are important to Indigenous culture.
- Visit the Reconciliation Rock Station, choose an orange rock, add a message, picture or sentiment of reconciliation to take home or leave as a legacy on-site. Make a donation to Legacy of Hope to support residential school survivors and advocacy.
- Meet our small animals on the farm and enjoy some farm play on the hay bales & teeter-totter.
- Sit by the fire to watch and learn the traditional process of boiling sap into maple syrup - a sweet gift to the world from our local Indigenous communities.
- Enjoy a horse drawn wagon ride through the farm every day from 12pm to 3pm.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
10:30 AM - Elders Opening
11AM / 1PM / 3PM - Trickster & the Ducks Puppet Show and Pow Wow Dance
Nanabush (Trickster) and the Ducks is a fun, interactive puppet production for all ages that shares one of the great legends of our trickster – who always has to learn a lesson the hard way! A live Pow Wow and Hoop Dance performance will follow.
12PM / 2PM / 4PM - Spirit Horse Stories & Hand Drumming
Spirit Horse Advocate and artist Rhonda Snow has captured the oral history of this beautiful rare and endangered breed of horse that once roamed free through these lands. Her art captures our elders oral histories of the ponies and their story of survival.
You will also enjoy the heartbeat of mother earth with some traditional songs on hand-drum.
About Indigenous Experiences
Indigenous Experiences (IE) (formerly Aboriginal Experiences Arts & Culture) has more than 25 years of experience programming Indigenous entertainment and attractions to create lasting memories for participants young and old. These authentic experiences showcase the culture, history, food, music, art, fashion, dance and entrepreneurship of Canada’s diverse Indigenous community. IE’s award-winning cultural attraction moved from the sacred Victoria Island to the impressive grounds of the Museum of History in 2019. Over the past ten years the Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival, produced by IE on behalf of the National Indigenous Peoples Day Committee, grew into the four-day multi-arts festival for 50,000 at Vincent Massey Park in 2019 and was held virtually in 2020 and 2021 for audiences of over 520,000.
Media Contact: Julie Findlay firstname.lastname@example.org | 613-795-8463
Celebrate Sīgwan (Spring) at Mādahòkì Farm
March 25-27, 2022
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