"Our spirited West Hills French Voyageur song and dance club donned their ceintures fléchées (Métis/ /Voyageur sashes), once again, in a recent collaboration with very talented French Canadian musical group Les Trois Bouffons to present a lively compilation of traditional songs and dances in the entertainment tent at the 1st Annual Rendez-vous à Sainte Anne de Détroit. It was a spectacular day for celebrating the heritage of the first settlers of Détroit! Students were among many attendees who sauntered along the cobblestones while enjoying delicious French Canadian and Native American food, engaging in stories told by our friend the voyageur, Monsieur Genot Picor, observing and participating in French Marine drills and traditional arts and crafts, shopping for unique French and Native American gifts and souvenirs and touring the National Historic site of Ste. Anne de Détroit. Guests were invited to see a unique exhibit celebrating the life of Father Gabriel Richard (founder of U of M) inside the historic shrine and also to interact with Lac Ste. Claire Voyageurs and local historians while checking out the hands-on Nouvelle France exhibits and information in the heritage tent. Un grand merci to the following student ambassadors who donated hours of their personal time to practice and prepare seven different songs and dances for this amazing heritage day: Elizabeth and Isabella Ashtari, Sydney and Riley Harker, George Roussev and Natalie Tsimhoni. Vous brillez comme les phares! On y va! Thanks also to West Hills parents who took time on a beautiful Sunday afternoon to bring your children to this special heritage celebration; your interest and enthusiasm make a world of difference!"
Bien à vous,
French Teacher, West Hills Middle School and co-chair, Rendez-vous à Saint Anne de Détroit