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Bhangra with Little Humans in the Yukon Forest | Rivers to Ridges

 

Dancing Bhangra with little humans in the forest! Thanks, the forest school in the Yukon, Rivers to Ridges, for inviting me! After dancing, I told them a story. Kids and I also discussed why inclusion, equality and respecting others are important.

Rivers to Ridges is a forest school in Whitehorse, Yukon. The school designs, supports and delivers outdoor and land-based programs for young people year-round.

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Bhangra in Old Crow (Yukon) by Chief Dana Tizya-Tramm and Gurdeep Pandher

Bhangra in Old Crow (Yukon) by Chief Dana Tizya-Tramm and Gurdeep Pandher

Old Crow Chief Dana Tizya-Tramm and Gurdeep Pandher, together, dance the Punjabi traditional dance, Bhangra, to celebrate friendships in Yukon communities, and to spread happiness across Canada.

Old Crow is the home of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation (VGFN) people. The language originally spoken by the VGFN people is Gwich’in. Old Crow is the most northerly community in the Canadian Yukon Territory, and it is the place where Crow River and Porcupine River meet.

Old Crow is isolated from the other surrounding communities in the area, and it is accessible only by plane or canoe. It is said to be an amazing experience making the canoe trip down the Porcupine River, which you gain access to from the Eagle River, which is located just off the North’s Dempster Highway.

Chief Dana Tizya-Tramm, the head of the VGFN Government, is considered to be the youngest First Nation Chief in the Yukon. He made national headlines by declaring “Climate Emergency” in the Old Crow community, which made them the first northern community to do this. This declaration made by Chief Dana Tizya-Tramm went on to inspire many other communities and organizations across Canada to follow suit.

Bhangra is the traditional folk dance of Punjab, which was developed many centuries ago by Punjabi-Sikh farmers. Back when agricultural farming was completed manually, and therefore a very exhausting, laborious process, the farmers of Punjab created Bhangra dancing to bring joy into their difficult farming lives. Being a very high-energy activity itself though, Bhangra dancing is also a great workout and fitness activity.

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Please enjoy the Bhangra dancing by Gurdeep Pandher and Chief Dana Tizya-Tramm! Share a true labour of love too!

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Bhangra Show -2018

Gurdeep Pandher is pleased and honoured to announce that the Bhangra Show is happening at Yukon Arts Centre in Whitehorse on December 18, 2018. When there is cold season around, we warm up the Christmas spirit with high-energy Bhangra moves. We bring delights and make faces smile. Not only we celebrate the Sikh cultural dance in the Yukon, but also bring all other cultures together. Being “inclusive, open and doing things together” is our strength.

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