Kick Off and Lighting of the Sacred Fire

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 12:00pm
Oodena Circle at The Forks / Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 
Free & Open to Public


Lisa Meeches and Hector Perez-Pacheco are your hosts for the 2018 Kick Off & Lighting of the Sacred Fire!

Join us on Wednesday, May 16, at the Oodena Celebration Circle at The Forks National Historic Site for the lighting of the Sacred Fire. Feel the beat of the Buffalo Red Thunder Drummer group while the Eagle Staff is brought to the centre of the Oodena Celebration Circle with Miss Manito Ahbee, Chante Speidel.

Dancers will join Manito Ahbee staff, friends, and community members to walk in the Indigenous Music Award hand drums and place them around the Sacred Fire to be blessed. Sherryl and David Blacksmith will then lead the Pipe Ceremony and blessing of the Hand Drums. Everyone attending the Kick Off will have the opportunity to make a tobacco offering at the Sacred Fire. Indigenous Music Award Nominee, Carolina East will then treat guests to a performance and lead us into the last part of the Kick Off. To wrap up the celebrations, attendees will join hands for a traditional Friendship Dance to welcome everyone to the Manito Ahbee Festival. 

Let's kick off Manito Ahbee's 13th year together!