Monday, June 8, 2009

Piyak Ootihi are singing at Grey Roots

Good People Aboriginal Festival at Grey Roots

June 20, 2009 - June 21, 2009
The Good People Aboriginal Festival offers visitors an opportunity to gain an appreciation of the culture of the Anishinabek, Grey County’s first residents, through a weekend of Aboriginal celebrations and teachings!Visitors will experience the vibrancy of Interpretive Dance and Drumming demonstrations. Explore the history of the fur trade in Canada with Scott Carpenter and his amazing Métis exhibit. He’ll also have items for sale. Aboriginal talents are showcased at an Art Show and sale organised by Ron de Boer, of Gallery de Boer Fine Art & Jazz. Don’t miss the rare opportunity to observe the construction of a wigwam. Ken Tabobondung and volunteers plan to finish the elm bark wigwam early Sunday afternoon. Marcel Labelle, a Métis birch bark canoe builder will be demonstrating his craft all weekend. Take in one of the many films featured in out Aboriginal Film Festival. For the first time at Grey Roots view Nahneebahweequa - Upright Woman: Crusader for Native Rights exhibit containing items from our collection. Help us create our beautiful community dream catcher! On Saturday well known storyteller Priscilla Yellowhead will be here as well as the Piyak Ootihi Drummers. Saturday evening, visitors will be entertained by the musical talents of Marc Nadjiwan and his band. Marc has been nominated for Best Male Artist at the Canadian Aboriginal Awards. Sunday morning festival goers can rise bright and early and take part in a traditional Sunrise Ceremony with Justin Johnson.This unique weekend gives us all a chance to be inspired, celebrate and gain an understanding of the distinctive culture of Canada’s First Nations People. Purchase festival tickets for all events OR just for a day OR just Marc Nadjiwan’s evening concert. Ticket prices for families, adults, Elder/senior and child available - special prices for Grey Roots’ members.

Saturday Day
Saturday Evening Concert Only
Sunday Day
Weekend Pass General
Weekend Pass Members
no charge

Good People Festival Co-ordinator: Sarah Clark (519) 376-3690 x108
This event has been made possible through the Ministry of Tourism, Celebrate Ontario initiative.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Piyak Ootihi is having their first book published !!

We are so excited. We have secured a Funder for our book the
" Flower Beadwork People Beaded Blanket Book".

Thank you John Landen of the Landen Group of Owen Sound.
Mr. Landen helped us with helpful advice and direction and funding .
We are most grateful. We look forward to working with you on this project.
You are our Brother Maple Tree.
Like the maple tree you provide comfort, experience and provide


We dedicate this book to our Ancestors, on whose

ashes we walk this Sacred Life.

We dedicate this book to our children

yesterday, today and tomorrow.

And we dedicate this book to Creator

whose Everpresence, Guidance, Grace and Love

keep us strong and resilient.

'Chi Miigwech.

We acknowledge the help of Bob Rice from Nigwakwe Learning Press who is our publisher,
Stuart Reid, The North Grey Union Public Library, Francesca Dobbyn, The City of Owen Sound, and Mayor Ruth Lovell-Stanners for their support.

And most humbly we acknowledge, Creator.

A portion of the proceeds from book sales will go toward the Piyak Ootihi Memorial Garden.

Please visit our website at:

Miigwech ∞ Marcee