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Sons of Membertou heading to Vimy anniversary ceremonies in France next month – Cape Breton Post

by ahnationtalk on March 30, 201714 Views

MEMBERTOU, N.S. — For Austin Christmas, respect for elders and fallen warriors is an important part of who and what he is.

Christmas has been involved for years with the Sons of Membertou, a well-respected Mi’kmaq drumming and singing group, and is now the group’s drum keeper. For North American aboriginal cultures, the drum represents the heartbeat of Mother Earth. Christmas and four other members of the group will supply that important symbolic rhythm when they perform at the 100th anniversary ceremonies of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in France next month.

“Respect for fallen warriors and the sacrifices of all involved in the fight for world freedom is very important to the Mi’kmaq,” says Christmas. “We have a deep appreciation for those that have sacrificed and lost during those horrible times. This is truly an honour for us to be invited to perform some of our sacred songs and dance in honour of all sacrifices made.”

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