The 3rd annual Pibòn (Winter) Festival kicks off next weekend at Mādahòkì Farm. You can expect to find a number of activities this year, including cultural workshops, an Indigenous makers and farmers market, authentic Indigenous cuisine, and even an opportunity to see the rare Ojibwe Spirit Ponies.
New this year is a workshop hosted by Abenaki artist Jessica Somers, where she will guide you through painting a cardinal on wood, all while sharing her knowledge on birds and the meaning of the cardinal. This workshop takes place on Saturday, December 2nd at 5:30pm, and all supplies are included in the cost of the workshop. Limited spots are available, and you can sign up by clicking here.
If you enjoy good food, you can also look forward to delicious Indigenous comfort food prepared by Chef Paul Owl and the culinary team. These include Bison Stew, Corn Soup, Maple Hot Chocolate, and more. Furthermore, you can also cook your own bannock over the fire with Kokum Puddy.
Of course, there will also be performances taking place on the Celebration Stage. All weekend long, you’ll be able to join in on and experience Pow Wow Dance performances and Inuit Throat Singing.
Finally, you can whether you’re finishing up your holiday shopping, or you’re just getting started, there will be an Indigenous makers and farmers market, where you’ll be able to get unique and one of a kind gifts for everybody on your list.
Whether you want to see the rare Ojibwe Spirit Ponies and walk along the Legacy Trail, or you want to partake in warm comfort food and experience Indigenous culture, there is something for everyone at the Pibòn (Winter) Festival.
The Pibòn (Winter) Festival takes place on December 2nd and 3rd at Mādahòkì Farm, 4420 West Hunt Club Road in Ottawa. Admission and parking are free, but the farm is taking donations so that they can continue sharing their land and offering cultural experiences. To learn more about the Pibòn (Winter) Festival, click here.