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The University of Ottawa’s Indigenous Affairs Office is hosting a round dance to usher in the winter solstice.
When: Saturday, December 3
Where: Montpetit Hall (Gym)
Festivities will start at 5 p.m., with a community feast being offered at 5:30 p.m. Members of the uOttawa community are invited to drop by at any time.
Feel free to bring a friend, as well as your own Tupperware and cutlery to reduce waste on campus.
There will also be an Indigenous vendors’ market with artwork, crafts and beadwork for sale.
What to expect at a round dance
Round dances are hosted by a variety of nations and communities throughout the winter, bringing people together to heal, to honour and to celebrate life.
- Everyone is welcome: all ages, backgrounds and cultures.
- The use of alcohol and drugs is not welcome.
- When the drumming begins so does the dancing:
- Gather in a circle, holding hands.
- Move to the left in a circle.
- Step to the beat of the drum, the heartbeat of the earth.
- Don’t worry about your feet, but the basic movement is to step with your left foot and slide right foot next to it.