The Hands Across the Border Project...will travel from June 13-25, 2017, from Port Townsend, WA to the Blackfeet Nation in Browning, Montana and to the Piikani Nation in Brocket, Alberta, Canada. By working in collaboration with the Blackfoot Confederacy, Chautauqua will help shine a steady light on the knowledge and history that is so often left out of American history books.
Forums and talks given by members of the Blackfeet communities will include the Doctrine of Discovery, Border and Treaty issues, inter-generational trauma and other subjects that are informative and important to the Nations.
Chautauqua will add circus skills; dance; music; clowning and arts and crafts workshops. There will Talent Shows and parades that feature Chautauqua's band (the Fighting Instruments of Karma Marching Band/Orchestra) joined by members of the local high school band.
Together we've designed a wonderful program that will take place in both Browning and Brocket-- for a total ten days in the Blackfoot Confederacy.
As Tribal members travel back and forth between the United States and Canada with the "Hands Across the Border", we hope that this project serves as a bridge for healing, reconciliation, friendship and of course, fun, and laughter.
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