Canada’s Aboriginal People Welcome Olympic Fans . . . and Fill their Bellies

Canada's Aboriginal people, official hosts of the 2010 Games, are welcoming the world with song, dance and some innovative native cuisine.

The 2010 Vancouver Games mark the first Olympics ever in which Aboriginal communities have participated as full partners.  The Games are being held on the traditional lands of the Lil’wat, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples, collectively known as the Four Host First Nations.   And at the Aboriginal pavilion downtown, a massive longhouse crowned with a 65-foot-high dome, they have been busy welcoming the world.  Demonstrations of traditional arts and dancing offer a window on Aboriginal life.  But – as is so often the case – one of the best ways for visitors to get acquainted with the new culture is through the food.

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Canada’s Aboriginal People Welcome Olympic Fans . . . and Fill their Bellies