Nehiyaw Nikamowina ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐤ
Cree Language Concert
March 5 @ 7:30pm (ASL Interpreted)
March 6 @ 9:00pm
Nehiyaw Nikamowina ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐤ is a Cree language concert immersing audiences in Cree song, dance, art and design. Performed by mother and daughter, Cikwes and Cheyenne Rain LeGrande, Nehiyaw Nikamowina will leave you singing in Cree, inspired to dance and eager to bring Cree language into your own life.
Festival passes available now. Get 3 shows, 5 shows or an All Access Pass!
Kathy Hamelin, Elder
Cikwes, Curator & Performer
Cikwes is a nehiyaw ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐤ soul singer, songwriter and a multi-award nominee from Bigstone Cree Nation. She currently resides in Amiskwaciy Waskahikan, also known as Edmonton, Alberta. In 2023, her album, kâkîsimo ᑳᑮᓯᒧᐤ, a full length Cree language album, was nominated for the Juno Awards, the Summer Solstice Indigenous Music Awards, Edmonton’s Music prize and the Western Canadian Music Awards. Cikwes graduated from York University in 2022 with her Masters in Music. Her music explores her Cree language, nêhiyawêwin ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐁᐧᐃᐧᐣ and nehiyaw ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐤ musical methods that include chanting cahkasinahikanak ᒐᐦᑲᓯᓇᐦᐃᑲᐣ also known as spirit markers or syllabics. Her intimate performances are accompanied with heartfelt stories and laughter. Using her breath and the Cree syllabics, she invokes a feeling of comfort similar to that of a wepisowin, a traditional baby swing. A matriarch for the revitalization of the Cree language and Nehiyaw musical methods, her nehiyaw ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐤ song writing is an emblem of hope and beauty for the continuation of nêhiyawêwin ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐁᐧᐃᐧᐣ.
Cheyenne Rain LeGrande, Performer
Cheyenne Rain LeGrande ᑭᒥᐊᐧᐣ is a Nehiyaw Isko artist, from Bigstone Cree Nation. She currently resides in Amiskwaciy Waskahikan also known as Edmonton, Alberta. Her work often explores history, shared knowledge and traditional practices. Through the use of her body and language, she speaks to the past, present and future. Cheyenne’s work is rooted in the strength to feel, express and heal. Bringing her ancestors with her, she moves through installation, photography, fashion, video, sound, and performance art.
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This event is supported by the Edmonton Heritage Council and the City of Edmonton.
- Music/Musical Theatre
- $30.00 inc $3.00 fee
- 5-March 6, 2024
- 45 minutes
- Walterdale Theatre
- Walterdale Theatre
- General (G)