Join us for Turtle Island Festival at Crawford Lake and enjoy a fun filled day celebrating Canada’s Aboriginal past, present and future in the park’s picturesque, reconstructed Iroquoian village. Crawford Lake’s Turtle Island festival is this Sunday September 14.
We will also be celebrating the grand opening of the Deer Clan Longhouse, with a brief ceremony at 10:30 a.m. The Deer Clan Longhouse is featuring the premier exhibit Exchanges and Changes: Comprehensive Narratives by artists Alexandre Nahdee and Reagan Kennedy.
Sounds of music and dance will fill the village throughout the day. Flutist and composer Barbara Croall will perform at 10 a.m. to start the day. Popular guest presenters the White Pine Dancers (Gonrah Desgowah) will take the stage at 1 and 3 p.m. The Six Nations Young Women’s Singers will also be joining us to sing traditional Haudenosaunee songs at 2 p.m. in the Iroquoian Village.
Tastings of traditional foods will be served by chef Janace Henry. This event will be first come, first served so please come early to enjoy! To work off the goodies and learn more about the fastest sport on two feet, lacrosse, join Kevin Sandy from Iroquois Lacrosse 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and try your hand at this fascinating sport. Afterwards you can visit with local First Nations artisans in the village throughout the day to pick up a unique handmade souvenir of your visit; a great opportunity to chat and learn more about traditional crafts.
The day would not be complete without Chief Top Leaf who welcomes all to “look, listen, and learn” as he shares the traditional wisdom of the Haudenosaunee people through props and storytelling.
With the addition of kids crafts, a lakeside visit from the Mountsberg Raptor Centre and fire starting demonstrations, it will be a full day of celebration at Crawford Lake Conservation Area!
The Turtle Island Festival runs from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday September 14. Regular park admission fees apply. Halton Parks members are admitted free of charge.
For more information on this event and all the other happenings at Conservation Halton Parks visit the events calendar; to find out about recreational programs and services, go to the Halton Parks website.