|The Amazing Lion. Note the large head in front of me...murphy's law.|
We left the Asia-Pacific to take in the South American-Mexican pavilion. This venue is small. It took place in a church in a busy part of the city with tough parking. We parked a block away at a grocery store and walked. Inside the pavilion it was crowded and hot....and I mean HOT. It was very difficult to find seating but did at a table. We were able to watch a singer and two dances and then the tour with the mayor arrived.
The unthinkable happened.
A woman came to our table and told the entire table that we had to leave because they needed the seats for the tour and so people could eat.
We were basically kicked out.
South American-Mexican pavilion you totally failed us. FAILED!
We decided to take in the Indian-Métis pavilion. Outside the Indian-Métis Friendship Centre [the venue] was a giant tipi was on display. We were greeted by two girls in a traditional dress. They extended their hands in welcome.
|Hoop Dancers. I saw such pride on their faces.|
The most incredible part was what happened next. There were dances performed by women and the stories were so interesting of how the dances came to be. I love the humour too! But then a man came to the circle who was wearing a very impressive headress of feathers as well as feathers around his waist and bottom. He danced with a stern look on his face. I couldn't help but smile the whole time. I loved it.
It was time for the round dance and they wanted people out of the audience to help out. Hubby looked mortified. The feathered man pulled me out to participate and before you know it Hubby was standing at the circle too! Then the drum started and we all held hands and danced in a circle.
They said that in tradition a round dance could last until all hours of the night. I'm glad the song only lasted a few minutes!
It was amazing. If you ever have the chance to participate in something like a round dance. Do it! DO IT!