Regalia, Native Pride on Display at Skmaqn—Port-la-Joye—Fort Amherst National Historic Site

Regalia, Native Pride on Display at Skmaqn—Port-la-Joye—Fort Amherst National Historic Site

Posted on: July 6, 2018 6:00 am

Temporary exhibit can be viewed at the site’s Visitor Reception Centre in July and August

July 6, 2018                                   Rocky Point, PEI                             Parks Canada Agency


Canada’s national historic sites reflect the rich and varied heritage of our nation and provide an opportunity for Canadians to learn more about our diverse history.

Parks Canada is pleased to announce that the acclaimed travelling exhibition Regalia, Native Pride will be on display this summer at Skmaqn—Port-la-Joye—Fort Amherst National Historic Site. This beautifully produced photo exhibit allows visitors to get a glimpse of a Pow Wow and see images of men, women and children from 14 First Nations, including three Mi’kmaq dancers, in their beautiful regalia. The exhibition is a tribute to the power of the powwow and of traditional culture.

In Regalia, Native Pride, traditional and modern images come together to inspire reflection. The photographer Roland Lorente and his partner Aline Saffore travelled 6,000 miles in Eastern Canada and attended over 20 powwows over a five-year period. Lorente photographed First Nations people in action, using natural light to capture the power of their dances. Each of the dancers is shown in casual, modern clothing as well as their traditional regalia. The exhibit has been showcased in various museums across the province of Quebec and has received positive response and support from First Nation communities and visitors.

Parks Canada invites visitors to visit Skmaqn—Port-la-Joye—Fort Amherst to experience Indigenous traditions and customs, and to learn more about Canada’s Indigenous cultures and history. This exhibition is open daily in July and August from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Visitor Reception Centre.

Parks Canada and Indigenous peoples work together to develop interpretive materials and activities at all national parks, historic sites, and marine conservation areas. Canadians are invited to visit Parks Canada places to learn about Indigenous cultures, traditions, and customs. In doing so, we can create new opportunities for Canadians to better understand the cultures and histories of Indigenous peoples in Canada.


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