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Métis Culture Camp in Swift Current, Aug. 3, 2017

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An event to celebrate Métis culture and heritage took place in Swift Current, Aug. 3. The Métis Culture Camp was hosted by the Art Gallery of Swift Current in partnership with the Swift Current Museum. The camp was located on an open site next to the  Battleford Trail Ruts municipal heritage site in the city. In the morning the camp participants took part in a departure ceremony at the heritage site for a group of walkers who were leaving on a 18-day walk to Battleford. There was a full program of activities at the camp in the afternoon. Red River cart craftsman George Fayant of Regina presented a workshop on the history and construction of the cart. Camp participants learned different dances from master Métis jigger Yvonne Chartrand of Vancouver and they listened to stories by aboriginal storyteller Joseph Naytowhow of Saskatoon. Live music was provided by Phil and Dallas Boyer of Saskatoon. Camp participants had an opportunity to ride on a full-size Red River cart built by Armand Jerome, a Métis master cart builder in Manitoba. Tracey Bickford of Prairie Percherons supplied a horse and drove the cart. This cart will become part of the Art Gallery of Swift Current's permanent collection as a culturally authentic Métis artifact.

 

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Matthew Liebenberg

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