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March 1, 2010     Volume 4

2010 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony: Aboriginal Peoples Shine
by Roscoe Pond
Condensed by Native Village

Vancouver: 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 Tsleil-Waututh tribes.

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 their 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 it.

NBC says 32,600,000 people watched the Opening Ceremonies. 

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