Friday, March 31, 2023
Home Covid-19 Celebrating Indigenous culture at inagural Pellsqepts Spring Winds Music Festival

Celebrating Indigenous culture at inagural Pellsqepts Spring Winds Music Festival

On the edge of Shuswap Lake, the inaugural Pellsqepts Spring Winds Music Festival is buzzing with hundreds of people celebrating Indigenous culture.

The one day music and art festival is in partnership with the Salmon Arm Folk Music Society and is open to all ages and anyone who wishes to attend.

“We are here for the Pellsqepts gathering celebration of Indigenous music,” said Cstélnec Tk’wemi’ple7 (Adams Lake Councillor) Xwe’xena (Joyce Kenoras).

“We have invited all our neighbours, friends and community members to be here with us.”

Read more:

Central Okanagan students learn Indigenous history at winter gathering

Not only was there live music and art but also vendors, bannock, ice cream and more to enjoy.

Story continues below advertisement

Kenthen Thomas, the indigenous and youth coordinator of the Salmon Arm Folk Music Society says that festivals like this are an important part of Truth and Reconciliation.

“With the age of Truth and Reconciliation a lot of times the truth is bitter and ugly and we need to go through that bitter and ugliness but we are resilient people we went through Indian Residential Schools, the finding of the children,” said Thomas.

“But, there are times we need to celebrate too, we need to laugh and smile and be together.”

More on Lifestyle

Read more:

Indigenous artist adds their unique voice to reconciliation in one-person show

Swelacken (Howard Shields) is performing with a group of  Stʼatʼimc Bear Dancers that are part of revitalizing a ceremony that he says was lost for decades.

“I am a traditional bear dancer from the Stʼatʼimc nation,” said Swelacken

“The Bear Dance is a traditional ceremony, a healing and protection ceremony. It was put away for many many years because of the Potlatch laws and the Catholic church not allowing us to do our traditional ceremonies. So it was put away for probably generations and so it’s within probably the last 10 years that it’s come back.”

Dancing as a family Bernice Jensen keeps her tradition and culture strong by performing together as All My Relations First Nations Dance Group.

Story continues below advertisement

“All My Relations First Nations Dance Group is a family group, we are based out of the Okanagan and Secwepemc Territories,” said Jensen.

“We literally have our family dancing, my sisters, my sons, my daughters, my nephews, nieces, the grandchildren are dancing now.”

Though the Indigenous Music Festival ends when the sun sets, organizers hope it will remain part of the community for years to come.

Most Popular

Canada hopes to boost regulation on natural health products. Here’s why

The federal government is hoping to strengthen its regulatory power over natural health products, such as vitamins and homeopathic medicines, according to a measure...

Heritage Bridge in Kitchener’s Victoria Park to close for repairs

The City of Kitchener says that it is temporarily closing the Heritage Bridge in Victoria Park for repairs. The bridge was initially closed to vehicular...

Are Quebec hosts skirting the new rules on Airbnb?

Just two days after Airbnb said it pulled unauthorized Quebec listings from its platform, it seems some hosts are already skirting the rules. A search...

Madu says it was appropriate for Alberta premier to discuss COVID case with accused

An Alberta deputy premier says it was appropriate for his boss to phone up a pastor and discuss his upcoming criminal trial on charges...