Skip to main content

The southern end of Vancouver Island, North America’s largest Pacific Island, is the traditional homeland of the Esquimalt and Songhees First Nations. The Esquimalt Nation Dancers recently performed as a part of the Aboriginal Cultural Festival in Victoria, B.C. Through their performance of songs, dances, and stories, they shared their culture with the guests in the audience, welcoming them to their homeland in a traditional manner. Photographs of their dances follow below the symbolic squiggle.

Caution: these are not “powwow” dances nor do the dancers look like the stereotypical Plains Indians. Traditionally, visitors to the village would be greeted with dances, to welcome them and to bring them into harmony with the village. The dances shown here were public performances, not sacred dances, and photography was allowed.
 photo DSCN0953_zps8f93258e.jpg

 photo DSCN0957_zps07fb1ac3.jpg

 photo DSCN0958_zpsa8d6c121.jpg

 photo DSCN0963_zpsde23d2c6.jpg

 photo DSCN0965_zpsf7da9b96.jpg

 photo DSCN0966_zps79d84ea5.jpg

 photo DSCN0968_zps9e69709f.jpg

 photo DSCN0969_zps9504509c.jpg

 photo DSCN0974_zps862eef08.jpg

 photo DSCN0976_zps1aabaf05.jpg

 photo DSCN0978_zpsbcfd5466.jpg

 photo DSCN0979_zps99e78c08.jpg

 photo DSCN0980_zpsb1b7c5d1.jpg

 photo DSCN0981_zpseff76943.jpg

 photo DSCN0982_zpsf7604422.jpg

 photo DSCN0983_zps986d138f.jpg

 photo DSCN0987_zpsb8659078.jpg

 photo DSCN0988_zps1313a392.jpg

 photo DSCN0959_zps95d491b8.jpg

Cross Posted from
 photo NANfooterTEXT_zpsc9f6c5d5.jpg

Originally posted to Native American Netroots on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 08:55 AM PDT.

Also republished by Shutterbugs.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site