CARLYLE — June 21 was National Indigenous Peoples Day. Five young White Bear First Nations children visited the Carlyle nursing home and thoroughly entertained the residents. Jeanne Lonechild is the recreation director of Moose Mountain Lodge.
“Jenelle Bigeagle is a friend and an employee here at the nursing home. She has two sons that perform traditional powwow dancing. I contacted both her and Kayla Maxie who has three daughters that dance. We brought them together and the result was a great hour of entertainment for our residents and staff.”
National Indigenous Peoples Day takes place on the summer solstice, which is June 21. It is a special occasion to learn more about the rich and diverse cultures, voices, experiences and history of First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples.
The brothers performing in native regalia were Bayda and Jacy Bellegarde. The sisters who danced in their colourful dresses were Cyanna, Lakelynn and Aubree Buffalo.
Lonechild is also a collector of native memorabilia and artifacts. In recognition of this special day, she has several pieces of beautiful art, sculpture and beadwork proudly displayed in the recreation room at Moose Mountain Lodge.