Heritage Centre celebrates Saturday

  • Aug. 15, 2014 7:00 a.m.

The Heritage Centre in Skidegate will mark its sixth anniversary this Saturday (Aug. 16) with games, performances, food and competitions, all celebrating Haida culture. “We’ve been planning away, there is definitely a lot of excitement,” said Michaela McGuire, project officer for Gwaalaga Naay and the Kay Centre. “We want to celebrate our culture and show it off the tourists. Everything will have a connection to culture… It’s a really fun day.” The festivities start at 9:30 am with traditional face painting in the Gwaii Haanas parking lot. Those participating in the clan parade will assemble in the parking lot at 10 am, and the parade is set to leave the “Welcome to Skidegate” sign at 10:30 am. Ms McGuire said they are hoping for more clans to take part in the parade this year, and have invited clans from Massett to join in. There will be a welcoming ceremony in the Performance House at 11:30 am followed by an afternoon of fun, learning and games inside and outside, including cedar weaving with Gladys Vandal, Haida language activities, Indian leg wrestling and gambling sticks. Other events that will run throughout the day include zodiac rides from Haida Style Expeditions (free for kids) and a t-shirt making booth (bring your own t-shirt). A canoe excursion will leave at 12:30 pm with room for the first 14 people who sign up. At 4 pm, students who have been working at the heritage centre and the museum for the summer will put on a performance of Raven Steals the Light in the Performance House. Ms McGuire said the group has been working hard on the show, which will feature a comedic twist. Between 4:30 and 6 pm there will be a dinner break and with barbecued salmon ($10 a plate). There will also be food available from vendors who will be set up throughout the day. After dinner, there will be a dance group performance at 6 pm, followed by the much-anticipated dance competitions at 7 pm. The two finalists in the men’s competition last year, Desi and Nate, will be competing once again, Ms McGuire said, while the women’s competition is wide open as previous champ Alix Goetzinger has gone off to post-secondary studies. The winners will receive prizes.

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