Canku Ota

(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America

December 16, 2000 - Issue 25


Paulatuk Drummers and Dancers in Expo 2000


Members of the Paulatuk Drummers and Dancers went on the trip of a lifetime when they were invited to participate in Expo 2000 in Hannover, Germany.

Five members of the group - Nolan Green, Esther Wolki, Tracey Wolki, Savanna Green and Warren Ruben - spent 10 days performing for visitors to the Canada Pavilion at Expo 2000. During their stay in Hannover, the group performed three times a day.

In her travel journal, dancer Savanna Green talked about how nervous she was when they first began performing."It was a lot of fun to dance in front of 500 people. I was nervous in the first performance. But I started to get used to it."

While in Hannover, the group had the chance to explore the rest of the Expo site and go on some of the rides, to explore the city of Hannover, to do a little shopping, and even learn a few phrases in German.

The drummers and dancers also became favourites of the staff at the Canada Pavilion. "Having them with us was almost like having members of our family join us for a party," one pavilion staff member said. "The nice part was that they even provided entertainment!"

The group from Paulatuk also had the chance to visit other parts of Germany, including a four-day visit to Pfarrkirchen, a village in the southern part of the country. While there, the group visited with Anna Ovlugiak Kikoak, her mother Simone Wagener, and Nanuq Charlotte Wagener. Thanks to Simone, the group from Paulatuk stayed at a former monastery, visited a farm with ducks and horses, toured a castle, climbed apple trees, and performed at schools and at a special evening performance for the entire community.

Once their European adventure was over, the drummers and dancers took time to stop in Edmonton and visit with Father Lawrence Dehurtevant - and even found time to put on a drum dance performance.

The entire tour was organized and coordinated by the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation and funded through Parks Canada (Western Arctic Unit).

Paulatuk, Northwest Territories



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