There is a legend among the Inuit about the halo that appears around the sun. Known in some parts as siqiniup qilauta—roughly translated, “the sun’s drum”, it is a good sign; a symbol of good luck.
Siqiniup Qilauta or Sunsdrum is also the collective name of indigenous performers, Heidi Langille and Lynda Brown, who will be featured presenters at Imaginate: We All Have a Story, at Port Hope's Capitol Theatre on April 13, 2017.
Based in Ottawa, they have traveled nationally and internationally, demonstrating traditional and contemporary Inuit throat singing, drum dancing, and games—as well as providing interactive workshops on the history of the Inuit, and their current realities.
"We believe strongly in the strength and resiliency of
a cultural people that moved from igloo to iPod in such a short time."
Heidi Langille is an urban Inuk with family roots in Nunatsiavut. She is one of the founders of the Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre which empowers Inuit families in Ottawa with many programs and services. Heidi was nominated as one of the National Aboriginal Role Models in 2010–2011 which has enabled her to motivate and inspire Aboriginal youth across Canada.
Lynda Brown was born in Nunavut, her mother’s family originates from Pangnirtung, and her father is of Scottish descent. Upon graduating from Trent University with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Native Studies and Psychology, she moved to the nation’s capital, home to the largest southern Inuit community, Lynda loves her work with the Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre and volunteers her time, primarily focusing on Inuit women and children, with Inuit Non-Profit Housing Corporation.
Sunsdrum is a special presentation at this year's
IMAGINATE: We All Have a Story, by our partner sponsor, Adventure Canada, along with our host, David Newland, multi-talented ambassador for Adventure Canada.