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September 16, 2002
Historic Fort York hosts third annual Tecumseh Arts Festival October 5 to November 5, 2002
The Aboriginal community of Toronto invites everyone to join in the third
annual Tecumseh Arts Festival's opening weekend on October 5 and 6, 10 a.m. to
5 p.m., at Historic Fort York. Organized by The Tecumseh Collective, an
organization comprised of Aboriginal visual artists, the festival is a
celebration honouring Tecumseh, a warrior, patriot and visionary leader of the
Shawnee. Tecumseh, with his brother, Tenskwatawa, led the formation of a
confederacy of the First Nations that played a critical role in the defence of
Canada in the War of 1812. Tecumseh was killed in battle on October 5, 1813, in
southwestern Ontario.

The opening weekend will include traditional Native dancing, singing and
storytelling, as well as the unveiling of the installation of artwork by
members of The Tecumseh Collective and invited guest artists. Many of the
pieces will have been created specifically for the festival.

A teepee raising on Saturday at 10 a.m. will be followed by opening ceremonies
conducted by respected Toronto elder, Vern Harper. Outdoor entertainment will
take place on the afternoons of October 5 and 6. The visual artwork exhibition
will continue until November 5.

Also on October 5 and 6, this historic site will reverberate with the sounds of
Native drums and the thrilling spectacle of traditional dancers. Native
storytellers will fascinate listeners with age-old legends embellished with the
humour and wisdom of their ancestors.

This event offers visitors the opportunity to experience many aspects of
Aboriginal culture including the traditional arts, with those who still
practise them and keep them alive, and the work of contemporary fine artists
with their striking new pieces.

This year's exhibiting Aboriginal visual artists include: Carolyn Cote, Oscar
De Las Flores, Bonnie Devine, David Hannan, Laura Lee K. Harris, Tom Hill,
Kenny Williams and Cathi Charles Wherry.

The performance roster features the Eagle Heart Singers, the Iroquois Longhouse
Singers and Storytellers Duke Redbird and Ron Cook.

The event is organized by The Tecumseh Collective, with co-ordinating visual
artists Philip Cote and Rebecca Baird, with funding from the National
Aboriginal Achievement Foundation and the Ontario Arts Council. For further
information, please contact 416-466-5979.

Historic Fort York is operated by City of Toronto Culture Division, Museums and
Heritage Services. The public may call 416-392-6907.

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