Full Circle: First Nations Performance’s 18th annual Talking Stick Festival spans music, dance, staged readings, storytelling, and much more. Here are a few highlights from the Indigenous arts celebration, which runs to March 2:
Wa× Hoks En Shqalawin (Open Your Hearts) Gala Celebration
February 21 at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre
The Louis Riel Métis Dancers launch the fest, amid the event’s visual-arts exhibit, Using Tradition.
Snotty Nose Rez Kids
February 24 at the Roundhouse
If you haven’t seen the Haisla Nation hip-hop duo, prepare to be floored: their politically charged raps cover everything from pipelines to street protests.
Calling in the Dancestors
March 1 at the Roundhouse
The all-Indigenous burlesque group rocks the house to music from the likes of Kinnie Starr and Redbone.