Thursday, November 24, 2005

Inuit Throat Song and First Nations Dance Part of Tribute to Canadian Aboriginal Vets

Canadian war veterans recently visited France to honor the aboriginal contribution from Canada to the First and Second World Wars. Private Leo Goulet, a Metis who lives on the Atikameg First Nation, and George Horse of the Thunder Child First Nation, recalled Juno Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944. "So many things happened to me when we landed 61 years ago," the 81-year-old Goulet said as he stood on the same shores watching the calm gentle waves, sand, and seaweed. "There were dead soldiers here and there, some floating, some dry. It's all like a big dream - or nightmare I should say." "It was tough," said Horse, 86. "We were wide open, the Jerries were up on the hill firing at us, but we just kept going ahead." In a separate service at Beny-Sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, a Canadian First Nations honour dance, Metis fiddle lament, and Inuit throat song paid tribute to the heroic Canadian aboriginal veterans.

For information on First Nations and Inuit art from Canada, see Canadian Aboriginal Art.

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