The Dance Effect
Sophie Kistabish. David Kistabish
June 29, 2011
"When I dance, I don't think about anything."
Sophie Kistabish, Anishinabe
With dances and drums, more and more Indigenous youth are reconnecting with their culture. By participating in Pow Wows or public gatherings, they’re affirming their identity. Sophie Kistabish likes to dance. The sound of the drum makes her forget the everyday problems. Her mind is at rest and her heart is filled with joy. She feels a sense of peace and regains the pride of being Anishinabe.
Report of an interview with Richard Moar.
The drum represents the beating heart. It also represents life, and it represents the relationship between human beings and nature. It represents several things around here, y’know. And it represents your mother's womb.
When you're in your mother's womb, you hear her heart beating. And when you strike a drum, you hear your mother's heart. The Earth’s heart breathing.
And, as I was saying earlier, the relation, y’know, when you play the drum, you’re in touch with the animals. The most beautiful experience I had with the drum, one of my most beautiful experiences, because I’ve had many, was when I’d go alone into the woods and sing. And all around me, the birds would sing with me. That’s when I understood the relationship between human beings and nature.
It’s very, very important. You have to respect everyone around you, y’know. That’s why when Indigenous people see the Earth’s trees being cut down, they not only have a thought for themselves, they have one for their brothers and sisters.
And the drum also addresses the relationship with spirits.
It's very strong, y’know. . It's... I don't know how to say... But it's very, very beautiful.
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