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Masks, Beads and Ribbons II

Fancy shawl dancing on Toronto's waterfront By Jonathan Elliott

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Nichole Leveck and her daughter, Nazarene Pope, organized a mask-making operation. Funded by donations (supplies and funds), they have provided more than 1050 masks across Turtle Island since July. 

Leveck is a Wyandot artist from Toronto, Ontario. She has been a fancy shawl and jingle dress dancer for more than thirteen years and has been teaching for more than eleven years at various organizations throughout the Greater Toronto Area. She was featured in Amanie Illfated’s music video The Hills and Snotty Nose Rez Kids’ music video I Can’t Remember My Name, and she performed at the 2019 Polaris Music Prize Gala (for Snotty Nose Rez Kids) with Pope. Levek strives to be a positive role model within the Indigenous community of Toronto. 

Pope is an Afro-Indigenous artist of Wendat and Trinidadian descent, born and raised in Toronto. Pope has been a fancy shawl and jingle dress dancer for more than eleven years, and her performances include the 2019 Polaris Music Prize Gala and the 2019 Fort York Indigenous Arts Festival.

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