12th annual friendship Round Dance
January 20, 2018
Hosted at The Genesis Centre (7555 Falconridge Blvd. NE Calgary)
A Round Dance is an Indigenous healing and blessing ceremony as well as a social gathering. Pathways Round Dances allow urban Indigenous and non-Indigenous people living in Calgary to participate in cultural traditions and to connect with those interested in the traditional celebrations of Cree/Saulteaux cultures. Each year this event connects over 1000 people and volunteers, from all communities and backgrounds, in a celebration of friendship, family, and community.
The Round Dance begins with an opening prayer and offering by an Elder, followed by a traditional feast. After the feast, drum groups gather to perform traditional Round Dance songs. All guests are invited to dance together, moving east to west in the direction of the rising and setting sun. After the dancing, everyone who attends a Round Dance is given a small gift as an expression of thanks from the 'host' clan or family.
This gathering promotes peer support, new connections, and a better understanding of cultural practices which in turn helps to build a thriving community.