Assistant Professor Mount Royal University Calgary, Alberta, Canada
In the TRC Calls for Action, Re. Education #63 Maintain an annual commitment to Aboriginal education issues, including "Building student capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy, and mutual respect (3). In this session, Pheasant-Negangiwane, educator, dancer and nokomis, will address this call for action #63.
Learn the philosophical and resilience principles of powwows in North America from its origins of pre-confederation time and colonization; to the thriving powwow culture of today. Karen Pheasant-Neganigwane, Anishinaabe dancer, educator and writer, speaks to the importance of performance and its role in reconciliation and to Indigenous communities.
This session will discuss beyond the romanticism and aesthetics of Indigenous song to dance.
Attendees will be introduced to resiliency and empowerment value of Indigenous creative expressions. As well, a brief discussion on regional uniqueness of the diverse range of nations that existed prior to colonization. As well, a discussion on 'sacred' vs 'social' cultural practices.