BROOKSIDE MUSIC ASSOCIATION
Brookside Music Association in Midland is presenting a celebration of Indigenous culture featuring David R. Maracle in September.
Maracle is a world-renowned Mohawk sculptor/carver and multi-instrumentalist of rare Indigenous instruments.
Maracle, from the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, brings to life the ancestral teachings of the Haudenosaunee People’s ways of life into his magnificent stone carvings, an art form he has been practising since 1985.
He has sold his one-of-a-kind carvings to many corporations and private collectors alike. The late Nelson Mandela owned a piece of his work as did the Emperor of Japan, and many other famous collectors.
His work has helped to encourage Indigenous youth across the country to follow their dreams with their gifts they have within them.
When Maracle was not carving and in his studio making these masterpieces, he turned to another career in the form of meditation.
Maracle has released over 17 musical compilations and albums over the last 18 years. He has received two gold records from the recording industry RIAA, for his world ambient sounds of the Iroquoian Flute and multi-instrumental fusion of sounds, with rare instruments that he has mastered over the last 18 years.
He has also won various Canadian Aboriginal Music awards as well during his musical career. He has performed his beautiful ambient music all over the world, including Austria and Pakistan, at the Olympics in Australia and for the Queen in Parliament.
He has also been giving back to children in various communities, bringing his Indigenous teachings, culture, and art in the form of workshops; Medicine Wheel Teachings, Iroquoian Flute Teachings, and also Earth & Air Teachings to many communities across Canada and in Pakistan.
The two-day celebration of Indigenous culture event begins with a free art exhibit and meet and greet with Maracle on Sept. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Huronia Museum, located at 549 Little Lake Park in Midland.
On Saturday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m., Maracle will present a full-length concert at the Midland Cultural Centre at 333 King St.
Brookside Music Association is a registered not-for-profit organization which presents world class music events in Midland at exceptionally affordable prices.