TAGWÀGI [AUTUMN] FESTIVAL
October 16-24, 2021
Celebrate Tagwàgi (Autumn) at Tagwàgi Festival, the first in a series of seasonal events that will take place at Mādahòkì (to share land) Farm, the National Capital Region's new Indigenous attraction and gathering place centrally located in Ottawa's Greenbelt at 4420 W Hunt Club Road.
Everyone is invited to reconnect with the land while learning about Indigenous traditions during this beautiful change of season. Enjoy authentic Indigenous programming and an Indigenous Makers and Farmers Market, interactive creative workshops, culinary delights and meet the rare Ojibwe Spirit Ponies - fun for young and old.
FREE ADMISSION - FREE ON-SITE PARKING
- Visitors must register in advance
- Staggered entry in 30-minute arrival windows
- For a complete experience, plan to spend 2- 3 hours onsite
- Proof of double vaccination required
- Weekdays (Oct 18-22): Reserved for group bookings of 15+ ( a small per person fee applies)
- Weekends (Oct 16-17 & Oct 23-24): FREE public admission (with reservation)
TAGWÀGI FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
Make and take Creative Workshops
Meet the rare and endangered Ojibwe Spirit Horses
Shop the Indigenous Makers and Farmers Market
Walk the Legacy Trail and gain traditional knowledge about the seasons, plants, moons and wildlife important to Indigenous culture
Visit the Reconciliation Rock Station to personalize a rock to leave along the trail (or take home)
Savour traditional smoked and harvest meals
Play on the Farm, meet our small farm animals and enjoy climbing, sliding. There's a teeter-totter, corn and tractor play stations, colouring activities and more.
Enjoy live cultural performances and storytelling on the Celebration Stage
TAGWÀGI FESTIVAL PROGRAMMING
OFFICIAL ELDERS OPENING
10:30 AM Daily
HAUDENSHAUNEE TRADITIONAL THANKSGIVING ADRESS
11:00 AM, 1:00 PM & 3:00 PM Daily
Gain a greater understanding of our community’s deep connection to the land, the animals and all that surrounds us through this traditional prayer.
THREE SISTERS STORY AND POW WOW DANCE
12 NOON, 2:00 PM & 4:00 PM Daily
This is the traditional story of the three sisters told with mask and movement. Corn, beans and squash were the staple foods harvested by the Haudenosaunee communities. These traditional crops are together with beans wrapping the corn stalks and squash protecting the base. A live Pow Wow and Hoop Dance performance will follow. Gain a greater understanding of our community’s deep connection to the land, the animals and all that surrounds us through this traditional prayer.
TRADITIONAL SMOKED AND HARVEST MEALS
Visit the new “smokehouse” on the farm to witness one of the main activities this time of year as our community would smoke and prepare their fish and meat for the long winter ahead.
Enjoy a traditional smoked meal celebrating the bounty of the harvest season that includes:
- choice of smoked trout, bison or rabbit sausage
- wild rice casserole
- traditional hominy corn soup
- Traditional Bannock
Purchase Meal Vouchers in advance: (*$24 per person)
CORN HUSK DOLLS
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.
Available throughout the day.
Register in advance: (ONLY $10 per participant)
Join David as he guides you through the process of crafting a traditional indigenous rattle! Using traditional materials prepared by David, 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 David's traditional stories and historical knowledge (and don't hesitate to ask questions) as he guides you through the process that takes about 30-45 minutes for crafty adults and possibly a few minutes longer for children. David provides a nice relaxed atmosphere.
Wild Whitetail Deerskin on Birchwood frame and filled with Corn.
Indigenous Makers & Farmers Market
SHOP ON SITE & ONLINE
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Daily & Online 24/7.
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.
Shop over 30 vendors on site
Caroline Lackeys Hand Made Crafts
Chiblow Fish * new vendor
Creations by Steph
Foxybeadwork ( Amanda Fox)
Genuine Native Arts
Laura Leonard Originals / David Finkle Drums
Lake Reflections Apiary
Nishin Creations (Lisa Charette)
Nuez Acres * new vendor
NWC Wild Rice Company * new vendor
Raven Rising Enterprises Ltd.
Rebecca Maracle Mohawk Feathersmith
Redfeather Natural Products
Sandy Sharkey Photography
Shades of Gray Indigenous Pet Treats Co.
Summer Solstice Festival- Bannock in a bag
Sunheart Rises Designs
The Home And Co * new vendor
Turtle Lodge Trading Post Inc.
Wesley Havill Indigenous Art
White Bear Standing
Ojibwe Spirit Horses
WITH ARTIST RHONDA SNOW
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Daily
Indigenous Experiences are proud to welcome our new herd of the rare and endangered Ojibwe Spirit Horses to the farm. These four horses really share their own story on the sacred connection to the Ontario lands where they roamed free for thousands of years. You will have a chance to meet these special ponies and hear their story.
Artist Rhonda Snow was once an Ojibwe Spirit Horse caretaker and key part of bringing this breed back from the brink of extinction as recognized by Rare Breeds Canada. Rhonda has travelled and collected the oral history of these ponies from elders across Turtle Island (North America) which are captured in her beautiful and colourful woodland style art. Rhonda will help to share the special story of these ponies and work on new artwork to be installed on the farm to help educate and advocate for this special breed.
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, Colouring & Fun
Young children can enjoy climbing and sliding on the hay bales in the sand area, riding the “cowboy” teeter-totter and the corn & tractor play station or colouring a picture of the Ojibwe Spirit Horses.
FESTIVAL ADMISSION POLICY
- Limited admission tickets are available (aligned with public policy).
- Visitors must register in advance for staggered entry in 30-minute arrival windows (For a complete experience, plan to spend 2- 3 hours onsite
- Proof of double vaccination required
- Masks mandatory indoors
- Masks recommended outdoors