Centuries Old Traditional Dinner Begins at Saugeen First Nations

June 29, 2008

The art of storytelling keeps First Nations legends alive

The aroma of fresh whitefish frying in a pan over an open fire filled the air at the ampitheatre at Saugeen First Nations on Thursday evening.

The meal was part of the summer programs being offered by Saugeen First Nation.  Every Thursday at 5:30, a traditional dinner is prepared open-air over a fire the way the First Nations did for centuries.  Potatoes mixed with fresh green onion, fresh warm banok bread and kernel corn completed the main course.  Dessert was a simple bowl of fresh strawberries and blueberries topped with whipped cream and home-brewed, cedar-ginger tea was the perfect accompaniment.

Following dinner, Priscilla Yellowhead Toby, entertained with her special storytelling of folklore and legend, playing her handcrafted drum and singing the songs of her grandmother.

Seating is limited to only 20 people so that anyone wanting to experience a traditional feast should call 519-797-3092 or email: saugeenecdev@bmts.com.

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Christa Eggars and Hardy enjoy their traditional whitefish meal

Priscilla Yellowhead Toby keeps the tradition alive