Native culture celebrated Saturday with Community Spring Feast

Aboriginal foods, drumming and dancing at Fort Normandeau

Berry soup, bannock, bison stew and other indigenous delicacies will be served up Saturday at the 10th-annual Community Spring Feast at Fort Normandeau.

This year’s theme celebrates children, “our future.” Everyone is invited to learn more about native culture at the noon-5 p.m. event, which will kick off with a ceremonial prayer and pipe ceremony.

A free feast will be distributed to all participants from 12:30 p.m. At 2 p.m. dancers and drummers will make a grand entrance, carrying the eagle staff, and chosen community leaders will be honoured for their contributions. From 3:30 p.m. there will be a giveaway of small gifts.

This week’s festivities are going green, with no disposables or Styrofoam requested: “Please bring your own feast bag, and anything else that makes your day more comfortable.”

The event — hosted by the Safe Harbour Society with support from the Red Deer Native Friendship Centre, Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery and other organizations — will go rain or shine.

Organizers say there will be a 30-foot teepee and a pavilion tent to provide some cover in case of a downpour.

To get to Fort Normandeau, travel west of Red Deer and Hwy 2 for 1.5 km, via 32 Street/Township Road 381, and then turn north on Range Road 280 for 3.5 km.

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