Surrey Fusion Festival's Indigenous Zone is laid out in circle. Circles represent important principles in the Indigenous belief systems. According to traditional teaching, Circles suggest inclusiveness and the lack of a hierarchy. Circles are used in the construction of teepees, sweat lodges, medicine wheels, and dream catcher, all of which are powerful symbols.
Learn about Indigenous culture as you take a journey through the Indigenous Zone.
You will enter the Indigenous Zone through a traditional west coast carved Cedar Canoe Archway.
Directly to the right as you enter the Zone, you’ll find the food area. Sto:lo Bannock Truck will be serving traditional smoked salmon, bannock tacos, salmon burgers, and fry bread. Bannock Queen will be serving various desserts prepared with bannock.
The centrally located Maple Leaf Stage will have a 34’ x 13’ Cedar Backdrop on each side of it to represents a traditional west-coast longhouse.
Two Métis Trappers Tents will be used to house a Métis Carver and the Indigenous Zone Information Booth. Ten First Nations and Métis artists will showcase and demonstrate their skills creating their authentic products. A 25’ Teepee will be used for Talking Circles about Indigenous culture, art, and entertainment. A 27’ Teepee is used to house the Métis Pavilion/Museum where they display artifacts about Métis history.
Picnic tables situated in front of the Maple Leaf Stage will allow the audience to sit down and enjoy their food while experiencing traditional and contemporary Indigenous music and dance including Westcoast Traditional and Powwow.