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September 26, 2003
Tecumseh Arts Festival - A Celebration of Native Art and Culture at Historic Fort York
Historic Fort York will be the site of the Tecumseh Arts Festival on October 3,
4, and 5, 2003, sponsored by the Native Men's Residence and Fort York.
Organized by the Tecumseh Collective, the Festival welcomes all Canadian
communities to a lively, informative, highly visual three-day schedule of
performances and a month-long exhibit of contemporary site-specific artworks.
The Tecumseh Arts Festival is a multi-disciplinary celebration of the life and
spirit of the Shawnee warrior Tecumseh, whose dream of a united First Nations
continues to challenge and inspire present-day Canadians, and whose role in the
War of 1812 proved so important to the preservation of Canada.

The Festival is a vibrant celebration from dawn to dusk - the grounds bursting
with the sounds of Native drums, the spectacle of traditional dancers; the
voices of storytellers sharing stories of First Peoples; and the rich visual
language of Canada's contemporary First Nations artists. Saturday's festivities
include the Native Men's Residence Traditional Pow Wow. The Tecumseh Arts
Festival contributes to a greater appreciation of the First Nations artists'
role as interpreters of cultural traditions and contemporary thought.

Friday, October 3: 2 to 5 p.m.
Meet the artists participating in the visual art exhibition, Earth Warriors, as
they interpret their artwork that will be on display throughout the fort until
November 3. Enjoy guided tours that will take visitors to the various art
installations and interventions by seven First Nation artists, Joane Cardinal
Schubert, Teresa Marshall, Philip Cote, David Hannan, Oscar De Las Flores,
Maria Hupfield and Carolyn Cote. MorningStar River Drum Group, Traditional
Dancers and Storytellers will also be performing throughout the afternoon.

Saturday, October 4:
A Sunrise Ceremony will be conducted by Elder Vern Harper at 8 a.m. All are

The Festival opens at 11 a.m., with a wide variety of activities including The
Native Men's Residence Traditional Pow Wow Grand Entry at noon, continuing to 7
p.m. Throughout the day, the public can enjoy performances by Champion Drum
group Bear Creek, MorningStar River, traditional dancers, storytellers Duke
Redbird, Ron Cook, Tonto's Nephews comedy improv-troupe, DML Hip Hop dance
krew, and the Mississauga Singers. Enjoy visual artist talks, tours, workshops
and traditional games presented by Dakota Elder.

Sunday, October 5:
The festival continues from noon to 5 p.m. with Traditional Drum groups and
Dancers, renowned storyteller Louise Profeit-Leblanc and visual artist talks,
tours and workshops.

Earth Warriors, the Tecumseh Arts Festival's visual art exhibition of new
site-specific artwork by the Tecumseh Collective and invited guests, will be on
display until November 3.

The Tecumseh Arts Festival is sponsored by the Department of Heritage, the
Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, the National Aboriginal
Achievement Foundation, the Native Men's Residence, the City of Toronto -
Historic Fort York, the Communication Sponsorship Program of the Government of
Canada and Miiwie Biik.

Fort York is located at 100 Garrison Rd., off Fleet Street, east of Strachan
Ave., west of Bathurst St. Take the Toronto Transit Commission's 509 streetcar
from Union subway station or the 511 streetcar from Bathurst subway station.

Media contact:
Jo Ann Pynn, Historic Fort York , 416-392-6907 x 222
Rebecca Baird, Tecumseh Collective, 416-201-8891
Blanche White, NaMeRes, 416-652-0334 x 2227



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