Manitou Beach's historic Danceland venue is set to kickoff a summer of Indigenous events in the region on Saturday.

The Indigenous community in Saskatchewan has a long connection to the area, with Manitou meaning Great Spirit.

A series of First Nations and Metis events will be hosted throughout the summer as a way to tell the history and reconnect with the past.

Kicking off the string of events is The Creeland Dancers and Hoop Dancer Lawrence Roy Jr.

Councillor of the Resort Village and one of the main organizers, Laurie Bzdel says that they are eager to perform at Danceland.

"All of the performers we have coming are here already and I showed them Danceland and they are so honoured to be dancing in a historic venue such as that. Especially because they can dance on the horsehair floor."

She says The Creeland Dancers have a long history of performing across Canada.

"They are a Metis originated group. They bring kind of a modern pattern dance mixed with their traditional dance."

Creeland will be performing at 1:30pm, while Roy Jr. will follow at 2:15pm. After the performances, a hoop dancing workshop will take place.

Bzdel says that there is a variety of acts coming in throughout the summer, including a group that has performed on a global stage.

"We have pow wow dancers coming in June and that's a 25-piece group. That performance is an hour and a half and it is quite spectacular," she noted. "They've performed at the Olympics and that kind of thing."

"People should just watch our website for performances coming up this summer."

Tickets for Saturday's show are $20 for adults and $5 for youth age 12 to 17. Anyone under that is welcome for free.

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