Even though his throat will ache by the end of the weekend, Archie Dreaver considers himself fortunate.
Dreaver, a member of the Big River First Nation, is just one of many singers who’ve come out for the annual Northern Lights Casino Round Dance in Prince Albert. He’s a few minutes away from performing, and even though he knows he’s going to be sore by the end of the weekend, he can’t wait to take part.
“It’s in my blood,” Dreaver says, then chuckles. “Even when I say I’m not going to sing when the weekend is over, I go back home and the next thing I know, I’m singing, even by myself.”
At 51-years-old, Dreaver has been singing traditional songs almost his whole life. He started as a 16-year-old under the tutelage of his father, Gordon, who still sings at 83.