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A visit to a "Drum Night" in Fort Erie, Ontario
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Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre, 796 Buffalo Rd, Fort Erie, ON

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Fort Erie, Native Friendship Centre, drum night, event, tourism, travel guide
Wie Sie sehen waren wir die ersten im "Native Center" von Fort Erie.

Drums and traditional songs in the origin language are an essential part of every Powwow. Natural lots of practise is mandatory to keep the required skills up to date.
A native friend who knew that we are interested in the culture of our native people recommended that we should visit non of these practises in the ":Native Friendship Centre" in Fort Erie.
Elizabeth my wife found out the date of one of these events and we both went together with our friend Gaye.
It took about half an hour until all the drummers and their relatives showed up. So be prepared that their is no stress to keep a posted schedule. We used this time to familiarize us by reading information about ongoing programs and activities - also about offered help.
A part of the welcome ceremony was that were told to spread some tobacco which was give to us on the drums.
We were the only "aliens", but everybody was very friendly to us and we were also invited to share the provided food which was not at all native cuisine, but pizza, chips, fruits and juices, but no alcohol! Also smoking was not allowed. It was only allowed to burn tobacco as part of the ceremony!
Everything was free. Nobody asked us for any money or contributions.

Fort Erie, Native Friendship Centre, drum night, event, tourism, travel guide
Everybody came in normal street clothes

Fort Erie, Native Friendship Centre, drum night, event, tourism, travel guide

Fort Erie, Native Friendship Centre, drum night, event, tourism, travel guide
Elizabeth joined the fun

You can see everybody seems to be very relaxed. Good care is taken of the children and they behave themselves very well.
So don't be afraid to bring yours also. They may love it.
I was asked several time to join the drummers. But I am aware of my weak points and did not want to blow up the good performance of the drummers.
Elizabeth and Gaye on the other hand fitted perfectly into the group of dancers.
Please try to include a "drum night" as part of your holidays in Ontario.
We learned immediately that such an event is mainly planned to come together with friends and the drumming is mainly used as a therapy to relax and only secondary as a practise for an upcoming Powwow. Wenn Sie sich bei einer "Drum Night" mit den Trommlern unterhalten, lernen Sie schnell, dass nicht nur für ein Pow Wow geübt wird.
Fort Erie, Native Friendship Centre, drum night, event, tourism, travel guide

Fort Erie, Native Friendship Centre, drum night, event, tourism, travel guide
A little drummer


Fort Erie, Native Friendship Centre, drum night, event, tourism, travel guide

Fort Erie, Native Friendship Centre, drum night, event, tourism, travel guide
Gaye and Elizabeth

Fort Erie, Native Friendship Centre, drum night, event, tourism, travel guide
Normally there is dancing during the performance of the drummers and singers.
Some of the women and girls wear colorful costumes to add some flavor - even during an vent like this.
Everybody is happy if you join - even when you are not a native!
Elizabeth and Gaye brought the proof. Just see how happy they are.
You can do it too by trying something unusual!
I am neither a drummer, nor a singer or a dancer, but I had an unforgettable exciting evening and learned something first hand about our natives. Such an experience is much more worthy than reading what other people want you to read and believe. Trust yourself and form your own opinion!

Fort Erie, Native Friendship Centre, drum night, event, tourism, travel guide


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