PASSAGES INSOLITES opens with a smudging ceremony led by Diane Andicha Picard, Keeper of the Sacred Chief Drum. A series of traditional songs and dances follows featuring a drum circle with Andicha n’de Wendat, a collective of Huron-Wendat women. On a site steeped in history, in front of the Notre-Dame-des-Victoires church on Place Royale, this unifying and symbolically resonant ceremony offers an occasion to celebrate Indigenous traditions and honour decolonial claims to our public spaces, on the day after National Indigenous People’s Day.
Women Drummers of Wendake (Wendake, Nation huronne-wendat Huron-Wendat Nation)
Formed in 2004, Andicha n’de Wendat is an arts collective led by Andicha Sondakwa (Diane Andicha Picard). The collective delivers performances, teachings, and workshops designed to pass ancestral traditions down from generation to generation. The group has performed far and wide, including the International Folklore Festival in Hungary and the Festival du Folklore Mondial de Haguenau-Alsace.
Sonia Gros-Louis, Johannie Picard Légaré, Chantale Tiana Verreault, Diane Andicha Picard, Michael Patten, Biennale d’art contemporain autochtone, Conseil des arts du Canada, Notre-Dame de Québec