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Giiwenh: A First Nations’ Literary Festival
6145 Rama Rd. Rama, ON L3V 6H6
The Chippewas of Rama First Nation will host a seldom-seen literary event, one of Canada’s first, featuring Indigenous authors, story-tellers and performers in Rama as part of Doors Open and Culture Days. GIIWENH, an Obijwa word meaning ‘so the story goes’, is a day-long festival for all ages featuring best-selling authors from Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta, including David Bouchard, Lee Maracle, Joseph Boyden, Tracey Lindberg, and more. From the written word to the spoken word, the day will wrap up with stories told around the evening fire. The festival will feature performers from local Indigenous communities, including renowned storyteller Mark Douglas and young hand-drummer Thomas Harrigan. Other surprise guests have been invited. A highlight of the day will be a cooking demonstration by chef David Wolfman. Free refreshments and traditional food will be offered and food vendors will be on site during the festival to purchase food. Free parking is available at Rama. Books can be purchased in person at the event or on line at Manticore Books (www.manticorebooks.ca). Updates on the event can be accessed through our social media on Facebook and Twitter. Donations made at the event are welcome, but not required in keeping with Chippewas of First Nations traditions. Register for the event at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/giiwenh-a-first-nations-literary-festival-tickets-36274243238