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Circle Of Life Thunderbird House
715 Main Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 3N7
In partnership with Manitoba Moon Voices, Creative Manitoba Indigenous Programs will host twice monthly drum circles with guest speakers, artists, elders and musicians at Thunderbird House. We will honour traditional knowledge, practice the art, and sound the drum. Drum Circles begin Oct 19 and carry on twice monthly until March 22, 2018.
Photo Courtesy of Manitoba Buckskin
Creative Manitoba Indigenous Programs and Manitoba Moon Voices are honoured to welcome Alison Cox to share her teachings within our drum circles.
Alison Cox, educator and Traditional Teacher, has been teaching drumming in Winnipeg for numerous years. She is Anishinabe Ikwe Bear & Eagle Clan, Midi-win-win Society, Red Robe Drum Society, Okii ji da Ikwe Society-Academic/Musician/Writer/Teacher &Healer. She has sung for traditional powwows, spiritual gatherings, life and death ceremonies and small/large community events. She has also crossed into contemporary music with Walk Off the Earth and various rap groups.
Alison has been a Red Drum Society member for 14 years. She was passed a Big Drum from Elders' Catherine Richards, Sandy Bay –Ojibway and Neil Hall, SagKeeng-Ojibway in 2001. She has been training and learning to Carry the Big Drum for years and has sat with many traditional teachers, singers and Big Drum Carriers all over Canada and the United States. The current Red Robe Women Drum Society Singers formed in 2005 with the guidance and teachings of Alison Cox – a Red Drum Society member.
Dec 7. Traditions and Protocols — Alison will share the traditional teachings and protocols of the drum, the drum stick and the connection between stick, body, and voice. Beginning with finding your beat, hearing your drum and what it means to be a drum carrier.
Dec 21. Solstice Feast — We will host a Solstice feast and learn the songs of feasting and the songs of solstice.
Jan 4. Traditional Songs — We will learn traditional songs, the types, the history and the protocol of when to sing those songs. Touching on songs of sun dance, round dance, sweat lodge, honour songs, thank you songs, ceremony songs, family songs, and welcome songs.
Jan 18. Women and The Big Drum — We will learn about women and the big drum. The history of women on the big drum and what it means to be a big drum carrier. And yes songs will be learned and sung.