The North Thompson Aboriginal Sharing Centre was honoured to have a few members of the Git Hayetsk Dance Group here from the Coast on Friday and Saturday, July 29 and 30. The group was fundraising for a planned journey to Metlakatla, Alaska, for a wedding and potlatch, and was hoping to take part in Founders Day Celebrations in Alaska. The group’s leaders Mique’l Askren and Mike Dangel will host the potlatch’s wedding as they join their lives together.
Those who missed meeting the group will get another chance to do so. The group will be at the Sharing Centre again on Wednesday, Aug. 10, from 12 until 6 p.m. They will share and teach the art of making rattles and medicine pouches. There will be a donation ($5) towards the material used. You will then have an awesome gift for someone or keep it for yourself.
The group will also be selling an assortment of handcrafted gifts. There will be Indian tacos and bannock for sale. If you have never tried an Indian taco, you do not know what you are missing (yummy bannock topped with all the traditional taco fixings – the bannock is what makes it so good). This fundraiser will help offset their traveling costs. Please come out and support the dance group on its journey. Everyone will be welcome!
To see the group in action, google “Git Hayetsk” and go on You Tube to view their performances.
We hope to have the group come back to Clearwater in February for the Arts, Health and Wellness Expo.
– Cindy Wilgosh is the Aboriginal SB6 Coordinator, North Thompson Valley