Aboriginal Heritage Festival 2012 celebrates Native Art and Culture
For Immediate Release
March 26, 2012
ABOYNE, Ontario — A celebration blending the quiet beauty of Native Art with the sounds of the drum and the power of indigenous voice is coming to the Wellington County Museum & Archives April 20-21.
The second annual Aboriginal Heritage Festival (AHF), presented by the museum in partnership with the Upper Grand District School Board and the CWDHS Aboriginal Club, honours First Nations, Inuit and Metis cultures.
Local organizations, educators and performers will be on site to share the history of our original peoples through discussions, workshops and displays.
First Nations, Inuit and Metis artisans will also showcase their work through the AHF Artisan Market. Beadwork, basketry, clothing, adornment, and all manner of traditional crafts will be featured.
First Nations oral customs will be brought to life through storytelling activities.
AHF activities and presentations take place from 10 am to 2:30 pm on Friday April 20 (Student Education Day), and from 11 am to 6:30 pm Saturday April 21 (Community Day). The Festival Artisan market will be open both days.
This year festival organizers are pleased to have Narcisse Blood (filmmaker and educator from the Blood Reserve Alberta) as an esteemed guest speaker.
GoodMinds books will be back on site with the best selection of Native books and reference materials. Also back by popular demand is Native caterer Carolyn Henry, who will supply a tasty menu of traditional foods.
Admission is $3.00 per person, with all proceeds going to support the Southern Ontario Aboriginal Diabetes Initiatives (SOADI). SOADI will have an informational booth near the entrance for everyone to learn more about Aboriginal diabetes.
To help support the funding of AHF and recover expenses, the CWDHS Aboriginal Program will be hosting a silent auction on Saturday April 21. This will feature quality art and crafts, donated by all of the vendors present at AHF.
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