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Adapted from an article by Duane Hicks published in Fort Frances Online that can be viewed at: http://fftimes.com/node/248661
Val Pelepetz, MNO Sunset Country Community Council Treasurer, and MNO Sunset
Country Senator John George, jigging at the Sun Set Country M¨¦tis Hall in Fort Francis.
Jigging is an important part of M¨¦tis heritage and culture, but these days not everyone knows how to do it.
To change that, a jigging workshop instructed by Justin Boshey was held at the Sunset Country M¨¦tis Hall in Fort Frances on January 22.
¡°We¡¯d like to give people an opportunity to learn how to jig,¡± said M¨¦tis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Sunset Country Community Council member Wanda Botsford, [so] they can join in the dancing when the fiddles come out during the merry-making at the M¨¦tis Hall.¡±
According to Boshey, in many communities jigging is starting to fade away. But Boshey wants to revive it. ¡°M¨¦tis people are just another group of people that are part of us from way back but didn¡¯t get that recognition for a long time,¡± he noted.
¡°I¡¯ve never jigged. I don¡¯t know how to jig,¡± admitted MNO Sunset Country President Clint Calder. ¡°I¡¯m looking forward to learning. We really appreciate Justin sharing his skills and talents with us.¡±See ALL news articles