From Pow Wow to Pop the diversity of Indigenous culture filled National Aboriginal Day 2011 celebrations with seemingly more music, film, dance, parades and feasts than ever.
Events started days before the 21st and lasted into the days to follow. Gatherings varied from small to massive, in communities, in cities, from coast to coast. There was so much to take in no list could compile it all, but for a taste of the day’s events, here is RPM’s NAD 2011 YouTube playlist. Sit back, and celebrate.
- Happy Aboriginal Day from Graham Greene.
- Winnipeg’s Most take the stage at APTN’s Aboriginal Day Live, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
- The Breaking Wind (okay I’m not sold on the name, but they’re a promising young band to be sure) performs “Not Around” in New Credit, Ontario.
- In Edmonton Alberta a dancer includes the traditional cartwheel.
- Edmonton’s Metis Cultural Dancers switch it up with a Duck Dance in Yelowknife, Northwest Territories.
- The Spirit Sand Singers, Red River, Alberta.
- First place winner of the Bannock contest is announced, Whitehorse, Yukon.
- Beautiful music when the crowd sings along in Moncton, New Brunswick.
- White Tale Cree at the Aboriginal Arts Festival in Ottawa, Ontario (Check out great photos from the day as well) .
- Crystal Shawanda debuts her new single in Dundas Square, Toronto, Ontario.