"It's pretty important to share who we are, what we do, and (to share) one of our traditional ways of life in the Treaty 6 territory" -Doreen Cardinal, Assistant Coordinator of Pipon Village
The Deep Freeze Festival was held in the Alberta Avenue district on January 21st and 22nd, with lots of multicultural events taking place. One of those events was the Pipon Village, an Indigenous area of the festival where tea and Bannock were being served, Indigenous crafts were being handed out, there were exhibits that had Indigenous artifacts on display, and much more.
One of the exhibits was a sacred smudging art exhibit. Doreen Cardinal, Assistant Coordinator of Pipon Village, ran the smudge exhibit where people could come in and learn about the art of smudge.
The smudge exhibit has examples of all the different types of smudges, and Cardinal says she was very delighted with how many people came through, and the interest people had for smudge.
Indigenous books on display at the Pipon Village (Photo credits - Ryan Hunt)
Deep Freeze was the first festival in Edmonton for 2023. With many more to go, Cardinal says she's interested in bringing this smudge exhibit to other festivals in the city in the future.
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- People gathering at the Pipon Village
- A teepee standing with lots of people around it at the Pipon Village
- A mass amount of people coming into the Pipon Village from the Deep Freeze Festival
- Indigenous books on a stand in a teepee
- People walking about the Pipon village
- A large gathering of people waits outside a big teepee
- Active smudge in one of the teepee exhibits
- A large crowd at the Pipon Village
- Horses taking a short break from their carriage rides
- People and horses alike getting ready for their carriage rides
- People boarding a carriage ride, while the horses wait
- Horses setting off for their carriage ride around the Deep Freeze Festival