An introduction to the Medicine Wheel.

The most famous Métis dance is the Red River Jig or as it is known in

Michif, “oayache mannin”. The accompanying fiddle tune is considered an

unofficial Métis anthem. The tune was very popular in the mid 1800s and

was known from Alaska to James Bay. The dance is a combination of Plains

First Nations footwork with Scottish, Irish and French-Canadian dance forms.

In this workshop students will be focussing on keeping time with the music using three basic foot steps. They dance in a circle, classes are divided into 4 groups, each featuring a special step of their own.

The groups are named: White Buffalo, Golden Eagle, Black Bear, Red Wolf

During the workshop several breaks are taken where we begin a basic discussion on the aspects of the Medicine Wheel.

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