The Prince George Folkfest Society presented Dak'et, Shun Inli (Music in the Fall) this past Friday and Saturday as a celebration of Indigenous arts, culture, and music. The performances were presented in front of small live audiences at Uda Dune Baiyoh and a live-stream of each night of music was available at free-of-charge thanks to generous funders and sponsors.
Friday evening's musical entertainment kicked off with Thundering Eagles. Next master fiddler Wesley Hardisty took to the stage accompanied by Andy Hillhouse on guitar. To close out the first night of music was hip-hop artist Eekwol.
Eekwol had hosted a hip-hop and songwriting workshop earlier in the day at Omineca Arts Centre where she discussed her music journey and how she uses her life experiences to inspire and influence her music. Wesley Hardisty also hosted a workshop of his own on Friday afternoon at Omineca Arts Centre where he played a variety of styles of fiddle music and discussed the difference between the unique styles.
Saturday's musical entertainment got off a start with the powerful drumming of Khast'an Drummers. Following the drummers were Araya and Zoe Spooner who performed on stage solo and as a pair. Closing out the night of live music was Saltwater Hank. Due to COVID restrictions, artists Twin Flames were unable to travel to Prince George to take the stage in person but they had sent a video which was viewed on a television to those who attended the show in person, or virtually to those who had joined in the live-stream.
Earlier in the afternoon, master drum maker Norman Retasket led a class as they made their own traditional hand drums.
An art display that was curated by the Northern Indigenous Arts Council featuring a number of Indigenous artists was on display Uda Dune Baiyoh for the two days of music and workshops.
The event was made possible with the support of Lheidli T'enneh First Nation, and the City of Prince George, as well as, funding from Canadian Heritage.