One Robe: A Metis culture festival and tribute to Nicholas Vrooman
Discover and celebrate the beautiful, powerful Metis culture that shaped so much of Montana. Metis music and dance is a blend of French, Celtic, and Indigenous traditions. Metis technology fused the best from European and Indigenous knowledge to fuel the formation of Montana as a territory and state. The Metis are everywhere in the Montana story. Come discover something new about who we are.
This one-night event features:
Ryan Keplin — accomplished Metis Fiddler.
The Ivan Flett Memorial Dancers — 3 young Metis dancers from Winnipeg who blend traditional Metis dances with hip-hop and are attracting a new generation of young Metis into the jig tradition.
Acclaimed pianist Phil Aaberg — performing a musical tribute to Metis scholar and champion, Nicholas Vrooman.
Filmed story moments by Metis leaders, storytellers, and culture carriers.
And introducing young Metis fiddler Sapphire Ferguson-Jetty.
Full event schedule:
Wed Sept 29:
5:00 pm – Artist reception for Louis Still Smoking (free)
7:00 pm – Special screening of “Sisters Rising” film ($10)
Thurs Sept 30:
12:00 noon – Lecture: Metis historian Chris La Tray, “The Day That Finally Came” at the Montana Historical Society (free)
4:30 pm – Lecture: Scholar Brenden Rensink, “Native but Foreign: Indigenous Immigrants and Refugees in the Northern Borderlands” at the Montana Historical Society (free)
6:00 pm – Small Metis feast/reception with traditional meatball soup and Bannack bread (free)
7:30 pm – One Robe performance begins