2010 Olympic Winter
Games Opening Ceremony: Aboriginal Peoples Shine
by Roscoe Pond
Condensed by Native Village
The Aboriginal Four Host First
Nations welcomed athletes at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
First Nations speakers
were from the Lil'wat, Musqueam, Squamish and
Three hundred First
Nations, Inuit and Metis youth performed in the
celebration. The youth were joined by native actresses
Chantal Rondeau and Lisa
Muswagon. They danced to singers Nelly Furtado and Bryan Adams with their tribute song, Bang
the Drum. The 2,600 athletes and spectators beat
own white "single-hand" drums with them.
NBC commentator Bob Costas praised
the Aboriginal dancers for their stamina and grace.
The Opening Ceremony was called "Landscape
of a Dream." The audience was transported to every region
across Canada. Narrator and actor, Donald
Sutherland, quoted from a speech by Chief Dan
George. The audience burst into applause upon hearing
NBC says 32,600,000 people watched the Opening