A celebration of Mi’kmaq culture is being held at the NSCC and anyone is welcome to attend.
NSCC Truro Campus is holding its 11th annual Mawio’mi on Wednesday, Jan. 24, from noon to 4 p.m. The event will include singing, drumming, dancing, arts and crafts displays, and vendors. There will also be displays on native culture, universities and colleges, and other organizations.
One of the events everyone enjoys watching, and some enjoy taking part in, is the potato dance, where partners hold a potato between their foreheads. The aim is to be the last couple on the floor with their potato still in place
The NSCC Mawi’omi has grown over the years. The first year there were two drumming groups and a dozen singers and dancers. Now, drummers and dancers come from across the Atlantic provinces.
The mawi’omi (the Mi’kmaw word for ‘gathering’) is a family-friendly event.
Host Drums: East Boyz Singers, and Stoney Bear Singers, Eskasoni First Nation
Co-Emcees: Michael R. Denny, Eskasoni First Nation and Trevor Gould, Paqtnkek First Nation
Arena Director: Garland Augustine, Elsipogtog NB
Head Male Dancers: Noel Julian, Potlotek First Nation, NS
Carter Hatfield, Pictou Landing First Nation, NS
Head Female Dancers: Kate Jadis, Eskasoni First Nation, NS
Jennifer Maloney, Sipekne’katik First Nation, NS
Guest Drums: Eastern Eagle Singers, Sipekne’katik First Nation, NS
Smokey Point Singers, Pictou Landing First Nation, NS
Noon Grand Entry
12:30 p.m.: Intertribal dancing
1 p.m.: Exhibition Dances – Men’s Grass and Women’s Jingle
1:30 p.m.: Spot dance and intertribal dancing
2 p.m.: Exhibition Dances – Men’s Traditional & Women’s Traditional
2:30 p.m.: Potato Dance
3 p.m.: Intertribal dancing
3:30 p.m.: Kojua (dance) exhibition
4 p.m.: Exhibition Dances – all remaining styles
4:30 p.m.: Grand Exit