honour song

Mi’kmaq drummers from Abegweit First Nation pounded out the rhythm of the Mi’kmaq Honor Song on Saturday afternoon at the Abegweit First Nation’s annual Pow Wow as dozens of people added their voices during the performance. Before the song began Abegweit Chief Junior Gould and Elder Junior Peter-Paul led the crowd in a crash course of the lyrics. Chief Gould explained the song as a way Mi’kmaq First Nations community members show their pride in and teach others about their heritage. Included in the drum circle are Junior Peter-Paul, (with the cowboy hat, raising the drum stick), Roddie Gould, Chief Junior Gould, Tim Sock, Steven Joe, Parker Larkin, Timothy Bannister, CJ Sock and Joe Knockwood. Charlotte MacAulay photo

dance

Serenity Jadis, Ellen Jadis, Leah Sabattis and Alexis Jadis from Abegweit First Nation were among dozens of Jingle dancers who performed the traditional dance during the annual Pow Wow on the weekend. Leah said the dance is a representation of medicine and healing in the Mi’kmaq culture. The young ladies’ attire was hand sewn by community members Geraldine Jadis and Melissa Peter Paul. Hundreds of people from Mi’kmaq communities and visitors were welcomed at the event. Charlotte MacAulay photo

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