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Odemin Giizis-Strawberry Moon FestivalJune 19 - 22, 2008
Downtown Peterborough

Presented by O'Kaadenigan Wiingashk and Public Energy

Ode'min Giizis: Strawberry Moon Festival
June 19 - 22, 2008



Thursday, June 19    EXHIBITION
Photographs of Local Anishnaabeg
from The Balsillie Collection of Roy Studio Images

at Black Honey
221 Hunter St. W., Peterborough
In collaboration with the Peterborough Museum & Archives
Alice Olsen Quilts
at Catalina's

131 Hunter Street West
Friday, June 20     

Christi Belcourt: Off the Map: Perspectives of Land and Water in Ontario
and Mary Anne Barkhouse: Wake
In collaboration with Artspace and the Art Gallery of Peterborough
Opening Friday June 20 at 7 pm
Christi Belcourt will be giving a lecture/artist talk entitled: NAMING PLACE: An Aboriginal Perspective of Land, Water & Maps at 7:30,
followed by Dr. Leanne Betasamosake Simpson presenting her lecture: Taking Care of Gdoo-naaganinaa, Our Dish.

Saturday, June 21   FOOD
Food by Aasmaabik
Part of the 400 Block Party
413 George Street North, Peterborough
In front of the former Lech Furriers

Traditional Singing with Unity and Wshkiigamong Women's Hand Drummers
Workshop free - everyone welcome
4:30 pm at Market Hall
Performance to close the 400 Block Party
Gathering of voices - all welcome to sing
6:00 to 6:30 pm at the Mainstage

(post) Colonial Stress Disorder: imaging a way out
Curated by Wanda Nanibush

World Premiere of Shelley Niro's The Flying Head
8 pm at the Gordon Best Theatre

Films include:
Divided by Zero.
Danis Goulet, Canada, 2006, 16:17
Portrait in Motion. Nadia Myre, Canada, 2002, 2:21
Love & Numbers. Thirza Cuthand, Canada, 2004, 9:00
1,2,3, Knock up. Ariel Smith, Canada, 2006, 4:16
The Weave. Cherie Valentina Stocken, Canada, 2005, 5:36
Prayer for a Good Day. Zoe Leigh Hopkins, Canada, 2003, 12:12
The Knot Between. Cherie Valentina Stocken, Canada, 5:14

Sunday, June 22   STORYTELLING
Storytelling for Children and Family Audiences with Liz Osawamick and Nauni Parkinson

1 pm at Fleming Park (corner of Aylmer and Brock Streets)
In case of rain, we will gather at Market Hall, 336 George Street North
Tanya Tagaq
Opening acts: Séan Conway and Sarah DeCarlo. Special guests OKA
8 pm at the Gordon Best Theatre


Artist Bios

Ms. Alice Olsen Williams is best known for her unique quilted textile works that blend expressions of Anishinaabe beliefs and ideology with reflections on contemporary social issues. Her distinctive style is grounded in the traditional skills of beadwork and sewing of the Anishinaabe people and the unique symbols and themes of their culture. Ms. Williams has been quilting since 1980. Her works have been included in exhibitions at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of the American Indian, Michigan State University, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Peterborough. Interested in exploring the capacity for comfort and healing in cultural work, she recently began a project with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, coordinating the construction of a quilt to acknowledge and recognize the pain and suffering inflicted on Aboriginal peoples by the Indian Residential Schools system.

Barb Rivett (Waabishkomigaad Waaskone Kwe) is Odawa/Scots Canadian. She began singing and drumming in 1996 and has collaborated with a number of women over this time. She was a founding member of the Otonaabe Women's Hand Drum and recently formed Unity with Joeann Argue, Paula Sherman, Brenda Maracle O'Toole and Heather Shpuniarsky, a more contemporary-focused Aboriginal music group. She was co-facilitator for the Monday night singing circle at Trent University. According to Barb, "Drumming, singing and sharing the songs touches me in a way that is indescribable. All I can say is that is makes my heart happy." The songs she sings come from all over North America for the people, by the people, to be shared, handed down and enjoyed by all for generations to come. Barb's innate sense of timing, and her drumming skills have made her invaluable as Music Director of the group.

Joeann Argue (Bimino Biidaajimo) is Cree/Ojibway/Scottish and has been drumming and singing since 1998. She was a founding member of the Otonaabe Women's Hand Drum and is co-founder of the recently formed women's singing group, Unity. She co-facilitated the Monday night singing circle at Trent University and takes every opportunity to share songs with other women. Joeann has been involved with the performing arts for over thirty years. She has worked in theatre, dance and music, as well as in the visual arts. Since joining the Otonaabe Women's Hand Drum, she has expanded her work into Aboriginal performing and visual arts, exploring her cultural roots in both traditional and contemporary genres. She brings her artistic eye to the performances of the Hand Drum and her knowledge of music and harmonies to its sound. Joeann also teaches Traditional Singing workshops for the Centre for Indigenous Theatre's Summer Intensive Program.

Paula Sherman (singer/drummer) is Algonquin and joined Unity in 2005, after several years singing with the Otonaabe Women's Hand Drum. She works along with other members to vocalize the importance of Indigenous drumming and singing as a mechanism to heal the wounds of physical and cognitive colonialism. Paula feels that this is an especially important message for Indigenous women who have suffered racism and sexism as a result of the colonial process. She has her PhD in Indigenous Studies and recently joined the Indigneous Studies faculty at Trent University. In her position, Paula works to create curriculum and scholarship that supports and articulates the autonomy of Indigenous peoples in Canada and around the world.

Tanya Tagaq Gillis, groundbreaking Inuk throat singer, has - in just six short years - brought an ancient Inuit vocal game to the heights of the experimental music scene. She's collaborated with Bjork and the Kronos Quartet and toured with some of the world's leading global artists. Like Bjork, Tagaq makes music that is both decidedly unusual and universally appealing on a most primal level. Her innovative, solo style of throat singing seeks to push the boundaries of emotion and to express the primitive instincts she believes still reside deep within our flesh. She describes her evolution over the past six years as a process of going deeper and deeper into her performance to the point where she virtually "leaves her body" and lets the expression take over.

Deeply rooted in their laid back coastal lifestyle, their unique world class sound has earned Australian group OKA a reputation as a ' stand out ' live act. With their energetic and musically diverse performances, their huge underground following has been attributed to their fusion of eclectic world sounds: roots, dub, reggae, jazz and organic electronica.

Séan Conway is a Peterborough musician with strong ties in and around the local music scene. He is a constant presence at several of the cafes and venues in Peterborough and has shared the stage with several big-name indie acts such as; Ohbijou, Timbre Timber and Mariposa. He records prolifically from his bedroom recording studio with hours upon hours of recorded demos, covers, experiments and projects. He is currently supporting his last collection "Mockingbird Wish Me Luck" and is tapping away at the follow-up collection that has yet to be titled. On stage, Conway uses a loop station and guitar to create overdubbed sounds, lovely soundscapes and interesting vibrations to accompany his songs that often explore; spirits, nature, harmonium and chaos.

Sarah DeCarlo is a singer/songwriter/guitar player and filmmaker born and raised in Peterborough, Ontario. Her songs have been described as unique, catchy and soulful exhibiting both depth and meaning. Sarah was featured in the most recent music edition of Spirit Magazine where she was noted as, "a refreshing presence on the music scene - a genuine songwriter with heart and talent." She was awarded a grant by the Ontario Arts Council to produce a CD in December of 2006. Sarah was also a participant in the Aboriginal Music Program in March 2008. Sarah incorporates film and image into her music and live performance and in October of 2007 performed at an event featuring Terrance Houle, Tammy Lin Foreman and Lester Alfonso. This event showcased the use of live performance/audio with image. Sarah maintains a strong commitment to improving her musical skills in anyway she can, she enjoys collaborating and any opportunity to become better at her craft.



Ode'min Giizis (strawberry moon) is the sixth moon of the Anishnaabe calender. It marks the beginning of summer, the longest day of the year and the harvest of the strawberry in June. The root word of ode'min is ode, which signifies the "heart" in Anishnaabe language. As the strawberry resembles the shape and colour of the human heart it also represents the sweetness and kindness of emotions that bring people together to feast and exchange ideas.

The Ode'min Giizis Festival will celebrate this auspicious time of year and traditional Anishnaabe territory with a four day multi disciplinary arts festival in Peterborough, Ontario featuring local and visiting artists from the four directions. The O'Kaadenigan Wiingashk Collective and Public Energy invite you to come out to experience a diversity of Indigenous artistic expression and events from a uniquely Aboriginal perspective - including gallery talks, film presentations and a music showcase.

Each of the presenting artists are unified by a strong self-determined aesthetic that honours traditional lands, culture and knowledge while also pushing boundaries in their own respective arts forms. Artists will share their work and their dynamic processes in an effort to stimulate greater dialogue and cultural understanding through the arts. Events will take place at various venues, and will be co-presented by local arts organizations in a spirit of creativity, unity and the sweetness of the strawberry.

* Peterborough sits on traditional territory of the Anishnaabe and is originally named and known as Nogojiwanong (Place of the end of rapids). For thousands of years this region was known as a gathering spot where different tribes, families and leaders would converge to exchange ideas and knowledge. Sites such as the petroglyphs and Aboriginal oral traditions confirm this regional history. Today the original territory of the Anishnaabe has been reduced and severed into three distinctive First Nations in the area, however most Aboriginal peoples recognize the traditional boundaries of the Anishnaabe peoples.

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