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Culture Days at Kennedy/Eglinton: Shannon Thunderbird and Friends

September 25, 2012 | Marie | Comments (0)

Kennedy/Eglinton branch is very pleased to present Shannon Thunderbird and Friends as part of our Culture Days celebrations this Saturday, September 29 at 2 pm. Your mind will be opened and your senses will be filled during this 90 minute program.

There are two parts to the afternoon: first, a vivid performance by Shannon and friends featuring vocals, stories, dancing and a bit of theatre pieces.  The interactive second half of the afternoon focuses on songs in the Ojibwa language, with a great deal of audience participation on the very big (and very loud) drum.

The story of Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce sets the tone for the afternoon.  The Nez Perce were forcibly removed from their ancestral lands in the Pacific Northwest to a reserve in Idaho in the tumultous post-Civil War era of the "opening of the west". Rather than comply, Chief Joseph led the Nez Perce on a trek towards political asylum, which came to be known as the Nez Perce Wars. Chief Joseph is famous for his words "I will fight no more forever."  He was admired as a leader by his allies and his foes.

The library has material for both adults and children about Chief Joseph.

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Hampton, Bruce. Children of Grace: The Nez Perce Wars of 1877. New York; Henry Holt 1994

 

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Hopping, Lorraine. Chief Joseph: the voice for peace. New York; Sterling 2010

Shannon is a vibrant artist and educator with a special talent for engaging community and encouraging artistic expression.  Find out more about Shannon and the power of the drums.  You'll be amazed by the power of her storytelling. 

Join us at Kennedy/Eglinton Branch.  Saturday September 29, 2pm to 3:30 pm.

 

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