Maritimes Tour Journal, day eight: tapping trees and drums

The morning started more relaxed, with a visit to Sugar Moon maple syrup farm. We enjoyed a pancake lunch served with their divine maple syrup. Farm owner, Scott Whitelaw, gave us a tour of his production facility and told us about the history of maple syrup production in the area.

In the afternoon, we arrived at Millbrook First Nation Heritage and Cultural Centre.

Heather Stevens, Jeff Wilmot, and Garrett Gloade shared the history and culture of the Mi’kmaw people. The choristers and Tour guides had lots of questions! We were surprised to find out that the Mi’kmaw purchase drum rings for constructing their drums from Duncan, BC.

We then exchanged songs. Garrett sang their nations anthem and played the drum and explained about the musical traditions.

The choir shared the Tsimshian Welcome Song, Skidegate Love Song and Huychq’u Siem as well as a few other pieces. The kids then watched a video and had time to check out the exhibits.

At the Millbrook Community Hall, Jean Abram had made a delicious dinner of “Indian Tacos”, corn chowder, and molasses cake. Later, we watched some dancing demonstrations, including “women’s fancy shawl,” “jingle dancing,” and men’s traditional and grass stomping.

The Choir sang for the guests, welcomed the community youth dancers to participate in a couple of dances, including the Virginia Reel.