This year’s 28th First Nations Festival performances the started on August 7th on the big stage
in Montreal’s downtown Cartier-des-spectacles continuing a tradition that began 15 years ago.
The 28th Montreal First Peoples Festival aka (Présence autochtone) runs through Aug. 15,
celebrating Aboriginal film, music, visual arts, crafts and food.
Again as in previous years, Artistic Director André Dudemaine, unveiled programming for the 28th festival edition during a press conference at Montreal’s Grande Bibliothèque, more details at:
I happened upon this year’s event while visiting Montreal’s downtown and noticing a ton
of people gathered near the big Quebecor stage at far (North) end of Esplanade street where
it crosses DeMaisonneuve street.
Something was going on there and I wanted to find out about it meanwhile, I began to notice
metal silhouettes of wild animals meanwhile, game birds like Canada geese floated in air overhead moreover, a giant Amerindian teepee loomed ahead.
On the right side of the Quebecor stage I immediately spotted a huge puppet its face in what
seems like “war paint” hovering above perhaps highlighting the festival’s popular Indigenous
As my picture shows behind this puppet looms a building belonging to the University of Quebec
Montreal (UQAM) campus.
Before I got near the Quebecor stage, I saw a large kiosk filled with souvenirs normally found in Kanawake, our 6-Nation Iroquois village across the river from Montreal.
Nearby was a food kiosk allowing festival passersby to sample and enjoy first-class traditional
First Nations cuisine at reasonable prices.
Nearing the stage I discovered a giant circle formed of both aboriginal First Nations dancers mixed
in with visitors in front of stage performing native dancing in rhythmic synchrony with drum beats.