Manito Ahbee Festival celebrates Indigenous arts, culture, and music in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The 12th annual festival is May 17-21, 2017 and features the Indigenous Music Awards, International Pow Wow, Indigenous Music Conference, Casinos of Winnipeg Indigenous Marketplace and Trade Show, Getting Jiggy With It, Art Expo, Art Challenge, and MTS Youth Education Day.
In the spirit of the Manito Ahbee sacred site, the Festival is a gathering that celebrates Indigenous culture and heritage to unify, educate and inspire.
Manito Ahbee is recognized as a leader in transforming relationships to share Indigenous culture and heritage with the world.
MEANING BEHIND THE NAME
The festival name 'Manito Ahbee' was gifted to the festival through ceremony, and is named after the sacred site, which is one of the most important and significant traditional Indigenous gathering sites in all of Turtle Island (North America). The Manito Ahbee sacred site is located in the western Whiteshell area of Manitoba. Manito Ahbee, an Ojibway word means, “where the Creator sits.” The site is recognized and honoured by Indigenous peoples across North America as a sacred place for all people. The name of the province, Manitoba, is itself derived from the name of this sacred site. The festival represents an opportunity for Manitobans and visitors alike to experience the festival as a celebration for all people. Manito Ahbee invites everyone, uniting residents and visitors in the spirit of honouring Indigenous culture and the seven sacred teachings: love, respect, courage, honesty, wisdom, humility and truth.