A Celebration of Indigenous Dance

Qwuyulush ‘u tl Swy-a-lana | Dance at Swy-a-lana
11:00am - 4:30pm | Maffeo Sutton Park
You are called to WITNESS Indigenous artists, from near and far, set to guide you on a timeless journey. Revel in a FEAST of shared song and dance from the Coast Salish, Nuu-chah-nulth, Metís Nations. Snuneymuxw First Nation longhouses once stood amidst these festival grounds. Qwuyulush ‘u tl Swy a lana - Dance at Swy-a-lana is an invitation for all to listen to the stories of our ANCESTORS.
Guest curator, Tsatassaya White, Snuneymuxw First Nation Photo: Casey Storm Francis, Smokey Valley Drum & Dance group: This Coast Salish Family attend traditional long house ceremonies in the winter and follow the Pow Wow Trail in the summer.
11:00am             Protocol
Welcome to Festival
Opening Prayer, Snuneymuxw Elder
Welcome to Traditional Territory, Snuneymuxw First Nation Council
11:30am Tsinquaw Dance Group, Khowutzun Nation, Duncan
(* 12:00pm-12:30pm Close for Dragon Boat Festival Opening Ceremony)
12:45pm - 1:25pm V’ni Dansi, Métis, Vancouver
1:35pm Xwelmewx Shxwexwos:s (Salish Thunderbird), Musqueam Nation, Vancouver
2:05pm Dancing Spirit, Tseshaht Nation, Port Alberni
2:35pm Miss Christie Lee, Musqueam Nation, Vancouver
3:00pm Homiss, Hes qui aht Nation, Nuu-chah-nulth, Port Alberni
3:30pm Smokey Valley Drum & Dance Group, Musqueam Nation, Vancouver
4:00pm Homiss, Hes qui aht Nation, Nuu-chah-nulth, Port Alberni
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