Asham Stompers wins audition to perform at Games
By Bill Redekop
The Métis dance troupe has won an audition to perform at this year's Olympic Games.
They'll dance the famous Red River Jig and other Métis jigs and square dances, born in the late 1700s and early 1800s at the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine rivers.
The Asham Stompers wanted very badly to perform at the Games. Members paid their own way to Vancouver last July to audition before the Four Host First Nations, on whose territory the Games are being held. The Squamish, Lil'wat, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh are the host First Nations.
For more on the subject, see Olympics Organizers Diss Natives and Youth Choir's Olympics Invitation Axed.