TAGWÀGI [AUTUMN] FESTIVAL
SEPTEMBER 30 - OCTOBER 2, 2022
Celebrate Tagwàgi (Fall) at Mādahòkì Farm
Everyone is invited to reconnect with the land while learning about Indigenous traditions during this beautiful change of season. The second annual Tagwàgi (Autumn) Festival promises authentic Indigenous programming, an Indigenous Makers and Farmers Market, interactive creative workshops, culinary delights and a chance to meet the rare Ojibwe Spirit Ponies — fun for young and old.
Sept. 30th – Reconciliation Dinner
October 1 & 2 - Family Festival
Admission & Parking
Visitors wishing to experience our unique blend of indigenous art, culture, and heritage must pre register online for timed entry (morning or afternoon arrival) and pay what you can for festival admission via voluntary online donation and $5 per vehicle for onsite parking.
The shift to requesting voluntary donations is an alternative to cancelling in response to declining support from funders who in the past have ensured that thousands could access the festival for free.
TAGWÀGI FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN ADMISSION & $5 ON-SITE PARKING
- Visitors must register in advance
- Morning or afternoon slots available on Saturday and Sunday
- For a complete experience, plan to spend 2- 3 hours onsite
- Join us for the Every Child Matters Pow Wow, honouring children, survivors, and families impacted by residential schools
- Bring out your inner artist as you create your own Indigenous Corn Husk Doll and Traditional Rawhide and Corn Rattle.
- Savour meals inspired by our Annishnaabe Harvest Moon!
- Enjoy live cultural performances, pow wow dance and storytelling on the Celebration Stage.
- Meet the rare and endangered Ojibwe Spirit Horses and listen to their story of survival and resilience with Spirit Horse Advocate Artist Rhonda Snow.
- Shop the Indigenous makers market with dozens of Indigenous vendors selling on site with everything from fine arts to traditional crafts and Indigenous food products.
- Walk the Legacy Trail and gain traditional knowledge about the change of seasons and moons and the plants and medicines that are important to Indigenous culture.
- Visit the Reconciliation Rock Station, choose an orange rock, and add a message, picture or sentiment of reconciliation to take home or leave as a legacy on-site. Make a donation to Legacy of Hope to support residential school survivors and advocacy.
- Meet our small animals on the farm and enjoy some farm play on the hay bales & teeter-totter.
- Enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride through the farm on Sunday from 12 pm to 3 pm.
TAGWÀGI FESTIVAL PROGRAMMING
FRIDAY, SEPT. 30 | RECONCILIATION DINNER
TICKETS $150 - Each ticket supports a complimentary ticket to a Residential School, Day School or 60s Scoop Survivor and their family – in partnership with the 60’s Scoop Network.
Indigenous and Non-Indigenous chefs come together to prepare an incredible meal presenting traditional Indigenous foods in innovative ways.
Arrival | 6:30 pm
Dinner and Entertainment | 7 pm
Created by Inuk Chef Trudy Metcalfe-Coe - the new Head Chef of Madahoki, and supported by our graduating Indigenous Foodways Trainees.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, OCT. 1-2 | EVERY CHILD MATTERS POW WOW
Pow Wow Ends
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, OCT. 1-2 | CELEBRATION STAGE
Official Elders Opening
Three Sisters Storytelling Show and Pow Wow Dance
11:00 AM, 1:00 PM & 3:00 PM
The Haudenosaunee nation thrived in this area as an agricultural society and the traditional crops of corn, beans and squash are called the Three Sisters. This story comes to life with mask and movement. A live Pow Wow and Hoop Dance performance will follow.
Spirit Horse Stories & Thanksgiving Address
12 NOON, 2:00 PM & 4:00 PM
Spirit Horse Advocate and artist Rhonda Snow has captured the oral history of this beautiful rare and endangered horse breed that once roamed free through these lands. Her art captures our elders' oral histories of the ponies and their story of survival. You will also get to hear the traditional Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving address, which gives great insight to their cultural beliefs and respect for all of the world that surrounds us.
You will also enjoy the heartbeat of mother earth with some traditional songs on hand-drum.
Every Child Matters Pow Wow
Join us for the Every Child Matters Pow Wow, honouring children, survivors, and families impacted by residential schools. The Pow Wow takes place on Saturday, October 1st and Sunday, October 2nd
Grand Entry: 12 NOON
Pow Wow Ends: 5:00 PM
Host Drum: Whitetail Cree
Invited Drums: Black Bear, Ottawa River Singers, Akwesasne Singers & Brown Bear
MC: Fred McGregor; Co MC: Rhonda Doxtator
To participate, call for more details: (226) 580-9788
CORN HUSK DOLL WORKSHOP | $10
In Indigenous tradition – no part of any plant or animal is wasted. In this traditional craft, families would use the husks from the corn cob to create a traditional no face doll from corn husks. These dolls would have no face so that you could imagine someone you love like your Mom, Grandma or Aunty.
Offered hourly from 11AM to 4PM
TRADITIONAL RAWHIDE & CORN RATTLE WORKSHOP | $35
Work through the process of crafting a traditional indigenous rattle! Using traditional materials you will weave deer skin around a birchwood frame with the leather lacing provided and add corn inside before tying off to dry overnight. Enjoy traditional stories and historical knowledge (and don't hesitate to ask questions) as you are guided you through the process that takes about 30-45 minutes for crafty adults and possibly a few minutes longer for children.
Offered hourly from 11AM to 4PM
Enjoy traditional Indigenous Foods inspired by our Annishnaabe Harvest Moon.
OJIBWE SPIRIT HORSES
Witness the beauty and hear the stories of the Rare and Endangered Ojibwe Spirit Horses. These small horses really share their own story of resilience and sacred connection to the Ontario lands where they roamed free for thousands of years. You will have a chance to see these special little horses and hear their stories through the work of Artist Rhonda Snow with a painted series of stories she collected from the Elders across Turtle Island on their memories of this once wild horse.
INDIGENOUS MAKERS & FARMER'S MARKET
SHOP ON SITE & ONLINE
Support Local Indigenous! Over 20 vendors will be on-site at the festival selling a variety of fresh produce, traditional foods and Indigenous art, craft and food creations. Everything from honey to beaded earrings and from sweetgrass candles to Indigenous maple syrup and fresh fish suppliers.
LEGACY TRAIL & RECONCILIATION ROCK STATION
At any time during your visit, we invite you to visit our Reconciliation Rock Station and choose an orange rock to add your own message, picture or sentiment of reconciliation. You are invited to take the rock home to your own space or add it as a legacy along the new walking trails through the property.
Interpretive signage along the trail provides traditional knowledge of Indigenous teachings about the change of seasons and moons and identifies significant plants and medicines- all from an Indigenous perspective.
Donations to our partners Legacy of Hope gratefully accepted to support residential school survivors and advocacy.
FARM PLAY & FARM ANIMALS
Meet our small animals on the farm and enjoy some farm play on the hay bales & teeter-totter.
HORSE DRAWN WAGON RIDES
Enjoy a horse drawn wagon ride through the farm from 12pm to 3pm on Sunday only.
Available in limited quantities. No advance registration and no cost.
Provided by Harvest Hill Farms
TAGWÀGI FESTIVAL FAQs
- Tagwàgi 2022 will be held on our NEW FARM PROPERTY, Mādahòkì Farm, located at 4420 West Hunt Club Road, Ottawa, ON K2R 1H4
- DATES FOR TAGWÀGI 2022
- Sept. 30th – Reconciliation Dinner
- October 1 & 2 - Family Festival
- You will need to pre-register to get your ticket to enter the grounds. Plan to stay 2-3 hours for the full festival experience. Register here.
- Admission is a pay what you can donation. The shift to requesting voluntary donations is an alternative to canceling in response to declining support from funders who in the past have ensured that thousands could access the festival for free.
- You must pay in advance for your parking pass. Please check junk or spam folders for your parking tickets. These will need to be printed and displayed on the car dash.
- There will be a spot for drop off at the entrance gate but parking on Hunt Club Road is not permitted. If you park on Hunt Club Road you may get ticketed and towed by Ottawa By-law.
- ADDITIONAL FEES & PAYMENT METHODS ACCEPTED
- Make sure to pre-purchase your workshop so you do not miss out. There will be some food and shopping of authentic Indigenous made goods available on site for an extra cost. In most cases you will be able to use a debit/credit card for your on-site purchases. We suggest you bring some cash in case there are any technical issues with the payment system.
- All pre-purchases/donations are final, no refunds will be issued.
- ONLY PURCHASE TICKETS THROUGH INDIGENOUS EXPERIENCES
- We ask that you please purchase your tickets directly from our registration portal, we have not authorized any third-party sellers.
- We have a year-round virtual and brick & mortar marketplace. Come by and visit Thursday to Sunday 11am-6pm. The marketplace is located at the end of the driveway in the old farm house. If you are a vendor looking to join our marketplace please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- STAY UPDATED
- We have lots of opportunities to volunteer at our festival and year round on the farm. Please email email@example.com to express your interest in volunteering.
- Connect your business to our growing family demographic while demonstrating a commitment to sharing and broadening Canada’s colourful and diverse Indigenous heritage.
- DOGS ON SITE
- Absolutely NO PETS are allowed on the grounds or in booth spaces (except for guide dogs and service animals). Please leave pets at home. We will not tolerate animals left in vehicles.
- SMOKING & ALCOHOL ON SITE
- At all times, NO alcohol or illegal drugs are permitted to be consumed on-site or brought onto the Farm grounds. There will be designated smoking areas on the farm, please only smoke in these areas and use the bins provided to dispose of your cigarette butts.