Organizers of the province’s first Indigenous Arts Symposium are beyond pleased with the event.
The symposium titled “To Light the Fire”, was held at Hotel North I and II in Happy Valley-Goose Bay Nov. 19-22.
Over the multi-day event there were four demonstrations in slipper/moccasin sewing, indigenous doll making, bone carving, and drum making. Each were partially hands-on, and participants could take part in the creation process of example pieces with the demonstrator’s guidance.
Also featured were five discipline specific workshops: music led by Stephen Lilly, dance led by Julia Blanchard and Arlene White Blanchard – two Mi’kmaq fancy shawl dancers, film led by the NFB’s Kat Baulu and filmmaker Isabella Rose Weetaluktuk, multimedia led by Inez Shiwak, and an interactive one on throat singing led by The Blake Sisters.