The Métis Nation of B.C. and the Surrey Museum hosted a free, family friendly event on Saturday, July 29, that highlighted Métis culture.
Hundreds attended the event, packing the museum lobby as visitors watched performances and participated in workshops and crafts.
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The afternoon featured jigging performances by the Maple Sugar Jiggers, wood-carving demonstrations by Métis artist Pat Calihou, a plant medicine workshop with Lisa Shepherd, a history presentation by Broadie Douglas, and all-day fiddle and guitar music by Ron Gerard and Keith Hill.
Chris Kelly made bannock, which folks enjoyed with some apple butter.
There was crafts for children, including a station where kids could learn how to make medicine pouches, face painting, a historic trapping tent and the Chilliwack Métis Association arranged a cultural exhibit.
Saturday’s event was the last to be hosted at the Surrey Museum until it re-opens in September 2018 after a $15.7-million expansion project.
-With files from Tom Zytaruk