photos by Stephen Dafoe
Alberta Culture Days took place in Morinville on Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Morinville Centennial Community Gardens on 104 Street.
The day’s event began with a land acknowledgement by Morinville Deputy Mayor Ray White and a cultural performance by Jingle Dancer Martina Aginas of the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation and Alexander First Nation’s Kicking Horse Singers.
Other entertainment included musicians Ivy Mills and Riley Quinn, Dance Connection, and art activities from the Morinville Art Club and Morinville Community Library.
One of the afternoon’s highlights was the Morinville Centennial Community Gardens’ watermelon eating contest. The first event drew a good number of competitors in the junior category. The Gardens also held youth and adult contests.
Jingle Dancer Martina Aginas of the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation dances as the Alexander First Nation’s Kicking Horse Singers (from left: Donnelly Paul, James Minous, and Creedon Arcand) drum and sing. – Stephen Dafoe Photo
Aginas concluded the presentation by leading attendees in a round dance.
Lucas Dalrymple makes small work of his slice of watermelon during the Junior Watermelon Eating Contest. – Stephen Dafoe Photo
Pippa Temporal and Mac Spooner were two contestants in the Junior Watermelon Eating Contest put on by the Morinville Centennial Community Gardens. – Stephen Dafoe Photo
Morinville Art Club member Sarah Hall talks about the dream catcher craft that the club made available to attendees during the Alberta Culture Days event Sunday, Sept. 25. – Stephen Dafoe Photo
Morinville Community Library staff member Margaret Meetsma shows the art kits available at the Alberta Culture Days events. Finished art can be taken to the library to be displayed. – Stephen Dafoe Photo
Below are some more photos from the event.