2016 Workshops and Demonstrations

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Interactive Hand Drumming Workshop

When: Saturday & Sunday, 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: Museum Theatre.  Facilitator: Bill Hill

Bill Hill is a Mohawk and a member of the Bear Clan. His spirit name is Ro’nikonkatste (Standing Strong Spirit). Bill finds that the construction of a drum helps to develop a connection to the spirit. Drums are sacred beings that carry songs from generation to generation – ancestor to child. During this demonstration, you will receive some teachings of the drum that speak to its ability to calm and awaken the relationship between human and spirit world. Following this demonstration, Bill will conduct a drumming circle with participants and share some songs.
Four Medicines Teachings & Cedar Tea

When: Saturday & Sunday, 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: London Life Classroom (located off the Museum gallery).  Facilitator: Elijah Hill

Elijah Hill, of the Mohawk Nation, is a student at Western University. He is fluent in English, French, and is currently learning his Mohawk language. He is currently studying to pursue a career in teaching. He has had the privilege to have been able to participate in many sweats, fasts, and other First Nations ceremonies throughout his life. He is both excited and honoured to be returning to this year’s workshop. In this workshop, Elijah will explain the cultural and spiritual aspects of each of the four sacred medicines: sage, sweet grass, cedar, tobacco. Participants will then be able to make their own tobacco tie “Prayers” to take home. Cedar Tea will also be available at the end of the workshop to sample.
Indigenous Culture Card Launch

When: Saturday Only, 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Museum Theatre.  Facilitator: Healthy Weights Connection and Child and Youth Network

Celebrate the launch of the Indigenous Culture Card for London-Middlesex. This project has been a collaborative effort between the Child and Youth Network and Healthy Weights Connection to provide a primer on Indigenous peoples living in and around London. Numerous individuals and Indigenous organizations have contributed to this card to create a resource that reflects our community.

Hip Hop Dance Workshop for All Ages

When: Sunday Only 2:30-3:30pm

Location: Museum Theatre

Bring your family and join in with Ill at Will and learn some new dance methods that can be used in and outside the class.
Mandala Making Workshop (Max. 25, pre-register at Welcome Desk)

When: Saturday & Sunday, 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: London Life Classroom (located off the Museum gallery).  Facilitator: Moses Lunham

Moses Lunham is a First Nations artist from the community of Kettle and Stoney Point First Nation. He has been artisan for over 30 years, drawing upon his heritage for inspiration. He has held many art exhibitions of his work in London and area. “My work is a reflection of my people (Anishinaabe), their spirituality and ideology.” In this workshop, which involves painting, drawing, beading and leatherwork, participants construct their own mandala (a shield which was placed in the lodge to bring good health, prosperity and happiness).

Story Telling in the Longhouse

When: Saturday & Sunday, On-going

Location:  Longhouse in Outdoor Village Story.  Teller: Nina Antoine-Ogilvie

Nina Antoine-Ogilvie is a Mi’kmaq story-teller presently residing in Corunna, Ontario. Come listen and enjoy her stories, often told with Native music or drumming, providing insight into the Native traditional and spiritual way of life. Nina has been coming to our Native Harvest Festival for seven years and her informative stories are always much in demand.

Face Painting

When: Saturday and Sunday

Location: Attawandaron Park.  Facilitator: Nohemi

Nohemi is currently a grade 11 student at H.B Beal Secondary School. She enjoys doing art and volunteering in her spare time. Nohemi recently got her first job at Tim Hortons and is happy to be giving back to her community in a new form. Nohemi is excited to be returning to the annual Powwow as it is a tradition that allows her to reconnect with old friends as well as meeting new people through the faces she paints.

Lacrosse Workshop & Demonstration

When: Saturday & Sunday, 1:00pm tp 4:00pm

Location: Attawandaron Park.  Facilitator: Tyler Hastings

Tyler Hastings has played lacrosse for the past 15 years. He played competitively for the London Minor Lacrosse Blue Devils and the Brockville Blast. He played field lacrosse for the Canton NY as well in 2006, and has played at the competitive level for 13 years. Tyler will teach participants some basic skills of lacrosse like picking the ball up, throwing, cradling, parts of a stick, basic rules of the game, and running some drills.

Corn Husk Doll and Matt Making Demonstration

When: Saturday Only, 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Location: Museum Theatre.  Facilitator: Sandra Hill

Sandra Hill is from Oneida Nation of the Thames. Sandra enjoys many crafts and has been making corn husk dolls and matts for a number of years. Sandra will demonstrate the making of a corn husk doll and a corn matt while explaining a small part of the history and the meaning behind what she is doing.





Pottery Pit Firing Demonstration

When: Saturday & Sunday, Ongoing

Location: Outdoor Village.  Facilitator: London Potters Guild

Members of the London Potters Guild demonstrate Pit Firing , the oldest known method for the firing of pottery, dating back as early as 29,000-25,000 BCE. The firing is set up and started Saturday morning, the pots left overnight and unveiled Sunday morning. Talk to the potters, find out about the Guild, and learn about this exciting traditional method of firing pottery.

Historical Re-enactors

When: Saturday & Sunday, Ongoing

Location: Outdoor Village Site. Facilitator: Upper Canada Woodland Allies Historical Re-enactors

The Upper Canada Woodland Allies are a reenactment group dedicated to telling the story of Indigenous Peoples’ involvement in the colonial period; particularly the War of 1812 and the Revolutionary War of the US. We do this by re-creating encampments, practicing and demonstrating the crafts & life skills according to the age group present, relating the oral history of the Mohawk Nation and others as related to these eras and, participating in films related to these eras also. Our group has about 30 members and is comprised of both indigenous peoples and non-natives spread out over the United States and Canada, mostly Ontario and Ohio. The Upper Canada Woodland Allies regularly participate in historic battle reenactments both in Canada and the United States.

Flint Knapping Demonstrations

When: Saturday & Sunday, On-going

Location: Outdoor Village Site.  Facilitator: Southern Ontario Flint Knappers

Ever wanted to learn how arrowheads are made? The Southern Ontario Flint Knappers will show you how! Flint knapping is the making of flaked or chip stoned tools. This technology was used in prehistoric times by the Native peoples of North America to make spear and dart points, arrowheads, knives, scrapers and other stone tools.

Medicine Wheel Teaching & Art Workshop (Max. 25, pre-register at Welcome Desk)

When: Saturday and Sunday, 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: London Life Classroom (located off Museum gallery).  Facilitator: Hugh Hill

Hugh Hill, Laka’tos, is from the Oneida Nation, living in St Thomas Ont. Hugh has been a drum maker for the past 18 years as well as many other traditional crafts he has been taught or picked up along the way. Hugh is also a traditional dancer and attends many traditional gatherings and pow wows throughout the year. Hugh has been given many teachings through talking to and listening to elders and speakers in his travels. As with all of the teachings he has learned along the way these teachings are to be passed along. Hugh continues to learn and teach and pass along what his has been given and told. The Medicine Wheel represents all of creation, harmony and connections. Come and learn about the teachings and significance of the Medicine Wheel in Aboriginal culture while painting your own Medicine Wheel canvas tote.

Pow Wow Song & Dance Demonstration

When: Saturday & Sunday 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Outdoor Village.  Facilitators: Gordon Nicotine-Sands & Dennis Whiteye & Pow Wow Dancers

Gordon Nicotine-Sands, member of Eagle Flight Singers & Dennis Whiteye, member of Naahi Singers provide commentary on the meaning and artistic intricacies of the various pow wow song and dances, such as Men’s Fancy Dance and Women’s Jingle Dance. Pow Wow Dancers will also demonstrate the various dances.

You can find the full program details here: 2016_powwow-program-1