By Invitation Only: Dance, Confederation and Reconciliation exhibit

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By Invitation Only: Dance, Confederation and Reconciliation exhibit

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By Invitation Only: Dance, Confederation and Reconciliation exhibit photos
Curators: Amy Bowring, Troy Emery Twigg

Bella Coola dancers taken to Germany by a Captain Jacobson, 1885
Photo: E. Hattorff, Hamburg, Germany, courtesy of Glenbow Archives, NA-250-9

Sarcee war dance at Calgary Exhibition and Stampede, 1912
Photo: Marcell, Calgary, Alberta, courtesy of Glenbow Archives, NA-335-10
Photos: DCD
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DANCE COLLECTION PRESENTS DANSE BY INVITATION ONLY Dance , Confederation and Reconciliation Catatanum . Gal Catania I DANCE , BUT DON'T DANCE he banning of sacred ceremonies , dances and songs were an at tempt through assimilation tactics to rid the Indian and con triated by the work of our elders . With the loss of many sacred items , a lot of sacred songs and dances that accompanied them in ceremony were lost . as " self - sufficient " members of society . Without any clear indication of the significance of this way of life or context for the role of cer emonies , dances and songs in Indigenous society , Europeans regarded these activities as having fun partying and being unproductive . The government issued circulars to its Indian Agents recommending that they sway the interests of the Indigenous people by way of introduc ing track and field and sporting games in the hope their affinity for ceremony would diminish . In many cases , these ceremonial practices went underground and were kept alive in secrecy . The old ones knew that if our ceremonies died we would die as a tribe , society , a people , a nation . These ceremonies are integral to our survival . So many arti facts and sacred bundles have been taken and sold to foreign museums and private collections for over a century and are finally being repa On the other hand , Indigenous dancers were invited to perform and were essentially used for exhibition in rodeos , the Calgary Stampede and other events ; some were sent overseas to Germany , dressed in re galia and used in display , or at the visits of royalty . When I first came across Ontario artist Barry Ace's work at the Urban Shaman Gallery in Winnipeg , I was immediately drawn to the depiction of this irony in the archival film footage within the installation . In the Anishnaabe custom , these bandolier bags were given to strengthen friendships . As when the chiefs of the treaty signings in the prairies honoured a shar ing of the land to co - exist when smoking the sacred pipe , it was never a surrender of our way of life . However , the colonial goal was to get the railroad through at any cost . DANCE COLLECTION DANSE 13 S www and Beco Bors's production of 1907 of the dancers and to hophores production of Ant She Wher for for er hele The bed