Big crowds for Barkerville’s Sixth Annual Indigenous Celebration

Dancers take part in the Opening Ceremonies of the Sixth Annual Indigenous Celebration at Barkerville Historic Town and Park.
This eagle greeted visitors to the Sixth Annual Indigenous Celebration July 20 at Barkerville Historic Town and Park.
Cheryl Chapman of Xatsull (front) and fellow dancers take part in the Opening Ceremonies.
Lhtako Dené Hoop Dancer Destinee Boyd, who is the band’s Lifetime Princess, dances in front of a large crowd.
Jingle Dancers Kara Paul of Lhtako Dené Nation (left) and Adrianna Alec of Nazko First Nation dance at Barkerville.
Lhoos’kuz Grass Dancer Cloud Chantyman takes part in Barkerville’s Sixth Annual Indigenous Celebration.
Bruce Baptiste shared Men’s Traditional Dancing during the July 20 event.
Men’s Traditional Dancer David Johnson introduces himself during the Sixth Annual Indigenous Celebration.
Mike Retasket of the Bonaparte Indian Band was one of three Men’s Traditional Dancers sharing their dance.
Mike Retasket of the Bonaparte Indian Band was one of three Men’s Traditional Dancers sharing their dance at the Sixth Annual Indigenous Celebration July 20 at Barkerville Historic Town and Park. Lindsay Chung photo

With hoop dancers, jingle dancers, a bear dance, traditional dancing and Lahal games, Barkerville Historic Town and Park’s Sixth Annual Indigenous Celebration on July 20 was a spirited showcase of the traditions of the bands in this area.

The event featured dancing, vendors, games, crafts and a presentation on the history of bannock making.

This year’s Indigenous Celebration also marked the launch of a full-time Indigenous interpretive program at Barkerville, which will run from Friday to Monday until the end of September.

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