Hoop Dance Championships

Each year, the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona hosts the World Hoop Dance Championships where Indigenous hoop dancers from all over the world gather to meet, compete, inspire and represent their home communities. It was my second year attending and representing my Cree and Saulteaux roots from Mathias Colomb Cree Nation and Lake St. Martin…

What does Dancing Mean to You?

As a hoop dancer and fancy shawl dancer I often get the question, "What does dancing mean to you?" or "What is the meaning behind it?" and my answers usually vary. For myself personally, dancing is very special to me. I was taught that hoop dancing is a form of healing for oneself, for their friends and family…

Hoop Dance Portraits

During the spring of 2015 I had the privilege and wonderful opportunity to visit the Avenue Photography Studio in the east side of Winnipeg, Manitoba owned by the creative founder, Robert Dearden. We had the chance to collaborate together in order to capture some shots of dance and "indigenized" portraits. I was very grateful for…

24 Hours In Dryden Ontario

7:00 AM up bright and early, essential Tim Hortons coffee stop and then we were ready for the approximate 4 hour road trip down to the small town of Dryden, Ontario, Canada. 24 hours later my travelling partner (a.k.a my wonderful mother) and I were heading home with great vibes, stories to tell, new connections,…

● Little Grand Rapids, Manitoba ●

Myself and a crew of dancers from Winnipeg made our way north east to the small community of Little Grand Rapids. We made our way through long winding snowy highways, never ending rough winter roads, drove across the ice roads which was my first time anxiety prone experience and had a couple vehicles end up in the ditch.…

Indigenous Hoop Dance

Hey Everyone! First of all, I would like to apologize for my absence from this blog. Classes have started, I've already caught the "change of the season" cold, I've been super busy and I had an extreme case of writer's block and couldn't think of anything to write. However, I thought I would discuss the…

Travelled Northern Manitoba

I'M BACK! Hello wonderful people! I feel like I haven't written a post in a very long time & that is true so I am sorry for the lack of content & for my foolish unmotivated ways. Anyways... I have a nice adventure to fill you in on! During the week of July 27th -…