Littletent educates through singing, dancing

Nathan Liewicki
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Hoops dancing alongside world-renowned hoop dancer Terrance Littletent, Raijun Fulerton didn’t let any hoops drop to the ground.

World-renowned hoop dancer Terrance Littletent performs alongside students at Briercrest College and Seminary's Hildebrand Chapel on Thursday afternoon. Littletent also performed in the evening as part of a fundraising concert.

In fact, she had previous hoop dancing experience before stepping on the stage inside Hildebrand Chapel at Briercrest College and Seminary on Thursday afternoon.

“I’ve actually hoop danced before, so I thought it would be a nice chance to go and show what I know,” the Caronport High School student told the Times-Herald. “I thought it would be cool to see other’s peoples reactions and what they thought of my dancing.”

As part of Aboriginal Awareness Week at Briercrest, Caronport students gathered for an educational moment with Littletent.

One of those in attendance was student president Kaleb Schulz. He was particularly enthused to learn about Aboriginal history.

“Just finding more about our Saskatchewan history has been great because I know there’s a lot of important Aboriginal events from what we’ve been learning in history class recently,” said Schulz. Mandee Hoimyr was also curious to learn more about first Nations history through Littletent’s dancing and presentation.

“I’m not exposed to this very often, so it’s interesting to be able to come watch and learn,” Hoimyr said.

As a First Nations person, Littletent desires to give back to people of all ages.

That includes teaching them through hoop dancing and through the stories of his heritage.

“We try to establish our gifts and our teachings to non-First Nations people so as to educate them about our dances and our singing,” said Littletent.

By singing and dancing, Littletent says he establishes a bond and a friendship with Mother Earth, which he passed onto students Thursday.

“When I dance, I always give thanks and pray to (my) hoops to give honour and to give me the strength to call the spirits of these animals that I portray in my hoop dance to give me that extra boost of confidence to tell my story,” Littletent said.

Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks

Organizations: Briercrest College, Caronport High School, Times-Herald First Nations

Geographic location: Briercrest, Saskatchewan

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