Indigenous people were on the Island thousands of years before the first Europeans arrived, so when we think of the history of music in Charlottetown, we must begin with the Mi’Kmaq. Music and dance have played a huge role in their culture throughout history. The Native Council of Prince Edward Island generously provided us with two of the instruments used in Mi’kmaq traditions.
The drum (left) is fashioned from moose hide and has been a prominent feature in the Sweat Lodge and other ceremonies for many years.
The Kaju stick (right) is an instrument used in the traditional Koju’a Dance. The instrument is made from pounded Black Ash wood.