Wednesday, October 10, 2007

A&E FYI: Native American ceremony and feast at St. Scholastica today

A feast and ceremony honoring a drum handcrafted by master drum maker Patrick Legarde will be held at 11 a.m. today in Somers Lounge on the College of St. Scholastica campus. The event is open to the public.

Schedule of events:

11 to 11:30 a.m. – Welcome and brief history of the drum
11:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. – Drum songs and prayers
12:10 to 12:15 p.m. – Remarks from Larry Goodwin, St. Scholastica
12:15 to 12:30 p.m. – Honor song
12:30 to 1 p.m. – Feast
1 p.m. – Closing and traveling song

Legarde, a member of the Pic Mobert Ojibwe community in northern Ontario, Canada, worked with students to craft the large frame drum for the college. He began his work Sept. 17 and was hosted by the Scholastica’s Ojibwe Language and Culture Education Program in conjunction with its School of Education.

“Having Patrick Legarde handcraft this drum at St. Scholastica has been a gift of creativity and generosity that is deeply appreciated by all,” said Al Hunter, program coordinator for Native Teachers for the Seventh Generation Program.

“We are proud to be a part of the honoring of American Indian culture signified in the drum,” said Larry Goodwin, St. Scholastica president. “We support ongoing efforts by American Indian students to demonstrate pride in their culture. We want American Indian students to know that they have a place here at The College of St. Scholastica.”

For more information, contact Al Hunter at 723-6109 or

(Text courtesy of the College of St. Scholastica.)

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