Arts tip sheet: Talking Stick Festival

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      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.