U of A Annual Round Dance
Saturday January 31, 2015
Education Gym, U of A North Campus
3:30 – 11:00 PM
Augustana Bus Departs at 2:00 PM
This year will mark the Aboriginal Student Services Centre’s (ASSC) 3rd memorial Round Dance for Elder Marge Friedel. There will be a Pipe Ceremony at 3:30 PM, with a Feast and Round Dance to follow.
Everyone is invited and welcome to join the circle!
Round Dance Road Trip
Augustana students who would like to attend are welcome to a free seat on the 24-passenger bus that will be driving to and from the event. The bus will be leaving campus at 2:00 PM and returning to campus after midnight. For more information or to reserve a seat, phone 780-679-1562, email firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the Aboriginal Students Office in room 2-328, F&L Centre.
The Round Dance is a Cree healing ceremony that became a social dance held in the winter season. The Elders say that the Northern Lights are our relations who have passed on and they come to dance with us at the Round Dance. In that respect, our relatives are always here with us, and we move like the Northern Lights, up and down, dancing around the drum and singers in the middle of the circle. From the first tuning of the hand drums (by fire) to the fun of meeting old friends and making new ones, a Round Dance is for everyone: children, friends, families, youth and Elders. It is a time to honour traditions and memories of our ancestors dancing around their starry campfires, flickering against the dark blanket of the night sky the dark blanket of the night sky.