The North Saskatchewan River is one of those majestic streams of water that connects with communities in the Canadian prairies of which this fine city is one. Our Chariot Fest for this place runs partially along this River, culminating at Meewasin Valley Park.
The chief of police joined us as he did last year. Chief Cooper is one of those cool officers, very popular with the kids. And Vice-Chief David Pratt, representing the Seventy-four Nations (tribes) of the province got on the stage to welcome and invite all attendees (which doubled this year) to his people's up and coming "Pow Wow." At such an event, folks sing and dance just like at our chariot program. In fact I had the great privilege of “working the crowds,” so to speak, and leading a dance and chant. The stage program didn't look that promising with just some short Bharat-Natyam pieces presented. The Master of Ceremonies, Amee, told me that's all they had on the agenda.
So with Ananda on his djembe, and myself leading the kirtan, I proceeded to start the crowd with voice lessons, and then get them on their feet with full body movements. By golly! Their response was phenomenal. Even officer Cooper, in full uniform, joined us along with his wife.
Timing is always an important factor to implement in these events. There's a tendency to drag out the kirtan or the rituals more than needed. I personally like it when we stick to a schedule and respect people's time. I think this was accomplished.
Since a family first initiated bhakti-yoga about nine years ago, a steady program has been sustained. Unfortunately they had to leave town for economic reasons. We truly wish to thank Amee and Vivek for keeping this program going.
May the Source be with you!