February 14, 2010

Aboriginal performers in opening ceremony

Aboriginal People Welcome World to Vancouver Olympics

By David CraryThe 2010 Winter Olympics opened Friday night with a cultural ceremony that highlighted performers and traditions from Canada's aboriginal communities.

The highest-ranking official delegation at the ceremony included dignitaries from around the world and the four chiefs of the First Nations whose traditional native territory overlaps the Olympic region.

Aboriginal performers danced through the entire march of nations for games that have been dedicated to luger Nodar Kumaritashvili from the country of Georgia, who died in a horrific crash on the sliding track at Whistler.

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