TWN Cultural Arts Festival 2012

Team Rockin’ Raven has won the 6th Annual Tsleil-Waututh Cultural Arts Festival Scavenger Hunt!

In the questionnaire, Piper and Doug Nolin described the Tsleil-Waututh people as “caretakers of the land, which involves the (Burrard) Inlet, food chain and spirit of the people and animals.” Congratulations!

All of the participants did an excellent job. Here are some highlights from the runner-ups:

The Hittachii Twins: Annika and Miya

The Tsleil-Waututh people are “a happy, good people who excel at canoeing.”

The Frayed Knots: Gary Olszewshi, Kim Keskinen, Crystal Lloyd, Monica Hilborn

Stewardship of the Burrard Inlet is important to the Tsleil-Waututh people “to protect resources for traditional uses.”

The Lightning Bolts: Sky George, Ang George, Justin George and Cyrus George

Stewardship of the Burrard Inlet “is our responsibility because we are the People of the Inlet. We must protect and preserve for future generations.” 


The 6th Annual Tsleil-Waututh Cultural Arts Festival brought a lively 2,000 festival goers together on Sunday to celebrate Aboriginal cultures, community, and the Nation’s inextricable link to its territory.

The August 19 event at Whey-ah-Wichen/Cates Park in North Vancouver was an action-packed day filled with music and dance performances, a scavenger hunt, demonstrations of ancient technologies, guided trips in traditional-style canoes by Takaya Tours, and traditional foods.

“The Tsleil-Waututh Cultural Arts Festival was a great success and an excellent opportunity for us to celebrate our own distinct culture. We were thrilled to see such a great crowd from both the Fraser Valley and the North Shore,” said Chief Justin George of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation. “We are deeply connected to the Burrard Inlet and the festival spread awareness about the importance of preserving our water ways for future generations of all people.”

Notables such as Naomi Yamamoto, MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale and Minister of Advanced Education; Councillor Mary-Ann Booth, District of West Vancouver; and Mr. Richard Lee, MLA Burnaby North extended warm greetings from their respective municipalities.

On the Chief Dan George Main Stage, a dynamic opening by the Tsleil-Waututh Nation was followed by a rousing performance by contemporary music group Bitterly Divine. Performances by Musqueam rap artist Christie Lee Charles, the Eagle Song Dancers, Kalan Wi, Tsleil-Waututh’s very own Van Haleck, the Smokey Valley Pow Wow Dance and Drum Group, Brandy McCallum, and the Black Owl Blues Band wowed the crowd with their display of both local and national talent.

“The whole vibe and feeling from the crowd was very positive,” said Nelson Leon, member of the Smokey Valley Pow Wow Dance and Drum Group. “There were people of all ages having a good time. When they participated in our dances we felt their open minds and open hearts. We are already looking forward to next year’s festival.”

Talented artisans were on hand to sell their creations, and hands-on crafts such as basket weaving and drum making were demonstrated. A Trade Zone showcased Tsleil-Waututh business ventures such as Raven Woods of Takaya Development Inc. and the businesses of other Nations and neighbours, including Port Metro Vancouver.


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