The room goes dark, a rattle shakes, and the rhythmic beat of a drum begins. Then comes the enchanting song, “Spirit of Life”, gifted to the guides by Dakota elder, Henry Skywater. The song embodies the very circular and cyclical journey that is life. This marks the beginning of the Mikinak-Keya Spirit Tour at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
We step out of the vehicle and scan the sea of gravestones. Sigh. Where do we even begin to look? We’ve made the pilgrimage to Neepawa’s Riverside Cemetery , myself leading a trio of Canadian travel journalists who are all in their 50s and very fond of how novels like The Stone Angel and The Diviners
Aboriginal culture in Manitoba – the corner of the earth where the Creator sits – runs deep. From the sacred sites to the enchanting pow wows and the seven cornerstone teachings, there is so much that one could learn even from a single encounter with any aspect of Indigenous culture. There are many
Every year, the Manito Ahbee festival celebrates Indigenous arts and music, and offers a greater understanding of Indigenous culture. Taking place in May (dates TBA) at venues around Winnipeg, Manito Ahbee is a kaleidoscope of colour and culture, brought to life through music, dance, and art. The
Perspective. A photo can be taken from many angles at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, each yielding a unique point of view. From directly below, the building appears warped, curving like a bowl toward our prairie sky. From afar, a lantern – a beacon of hope, if you will. The Mikinak-Keya tour