2014 Workshops & Demonstrations

Please note that these are the 2014 workshops and demonstrations.

Click any of the links below to see details and photos about the workshops and demonstrations September 2014.

Pre-registration is required for Mandala making workshop, Medicine Wheel T-Shirt workshop, & Bead Loom workshop – registration at the Welcome desk and is  on a first-come basis. A full schedule will be listed on the Activities page in early September.

Archery Gordon Nicotine-Sands,
Pow Wow M.C.
Story Telling
Pow Wow Song & Dance
Four Medicines Teachings Face Painting
Hand Drum Making Demonstration Flint Knapping Demonstration Hip Hop Dance
Interactive Hand Drumming Bead Loom Workshop Pit Firing
Dennis Whiteye
Arena Director
Traditional Cooking Bannock Tasting
Upper Canada Woodland
Allies Historical Reenactors
Mandala Making Lacrosse
Robbie Antone’s
“Blues for Kids” Musical Workshop
Medicine Wheel T-Shirts “Blood Memories”
exhibit by Ken Rollinson

When: Saturday & Sunday, Ongoing
Location: Attawandaron Park
Facilitator: Axkook Archery
Come and try your hand at Archery.  Axkook Archery gives you the opportunity and some tips to test your skills at this survival sport.


Bill Hill

Hand Drum Making Demonstration
When: Saturday & Sunday 10:30 am – 11:30 pm
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.


Interactive Hand Drumming Workshop
When: Saturday & Sunday 3 pm – 4 pm
Location: Attawandaron Park
Facilitator: Bill Hill
Bill Hill is a Mohawk and a member of the Bear Clan. His spirit name is Ro’nikonkatste (Standing Strong Spirit).During this interactive workshop, Bill will conduct a drumming circle with participants and share some songs. Bill will also conduct a sharing circle to answer any questions using a talking stick.


Dennis Whiteye

Dennis Whiteye, Pow Wow Arena Director
Dennis Whiteye, originally from Walpole Island, has been a champion Fancy Dancer on the Pow – Wow circuit since he was very young and has danced in the USA and Europe as well as in many locations in Canada. He is currently a peer support worker at At’lohsa Native Healing Services, London. Dennis is also a member of the Naahii Singers (Drummers )and Dancers from Moraviantown, Ontario Their mission is to teach First Nations and non-Natives the art of traditional men and women’s dances, as well as communal dancing. Dennis is one of the main organizers of our Pow Wow.


Pow Wow Song & Dance Demonstration
When: Saturday & Sunday 11 am-12 pm
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.


Gordon Nicotene-Sands

Gordon Nicotine-Sands, Pow Wow M.C.
Gordon Nicotine-Sands is originally for the Poundmaker First Nation, Saskatchewan.  He was taught the culture and singing by his father who was a traditional healer and keeper of the Plains-Cree culture.  Eagle Flight Singers (drummers) and Dancers was established in 1993.  The group has been participating in Pow Wows internationally ever since.  Eagle Flight also participates in cultural and educational performances and they have produced several CDs in recent yearsHe considers the educational components to be very important and, as such, accompanies the dances with a commentary where he explains to audiences the traditional significance and artistic intricacies of the various dances and regalia. Gordon is one of our main organizers and artistic directors for the Pow Wow.



Four Medicines Teachings & Cedar Tea
When: Saturday & Sunday 11 am – 12 pm
Location: Museum Classroom (located off the Museum gallery)
Facilitator: Elijah Hill
Elijah Hill, of the Mohawk Nation, is a fourth year 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.


flint knapping

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.


Jenn Ouimette

Bead Loom Workshop (max. 10, ages 12+, * pre-register at welcome desk)
When: Saturday & Sunday 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Location: Museum Gallery
Facilitator: Jenn Ouimette
Jenn Ouimette has been making beaded jewellery most of her life. Starting with simple string and plastic beads as a child, graduating to bead looming in her teens and finally into wire and metal jewellery. Jenn’s passion for creative combinations of colour and material drive her to constantly experiment. While mostly self taught Jenn enjoys the chance to learn new techniques and collaborate with others. In this workshop, Jenn will demonstrate how to prepare and use a bead loom and teach a simple Chevron pattern, as well as how to create your own patterns.

Teri Morrow

Traditional Cooking Workshop
 Saturday & Sunday1 pm – 2 pm
Location: Museum Theatre
Facilitator: Teri Morrow

Teri Morrow is a Cayuga woman and mother from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. Teri is a member of the College of Ontario Dietitians and the Aboriginal Nutrition Network of Dietitians of Canada. She is actively involved in the promotion and education in the field of Dietetics through her consulting business Align Our Body, Ogwaya’dadohéhsdoh: It Aligns Our Bodies Food, Water & Medicine and is a Research Coordinator for a food and environment study across Canada. Teri also contributes monthly to the Health Section of Turtle Island News, a leading National Ong wé hon wé (original people) owned newspaper. She has received numerous awards throughout her academics, such as the Grand River Post Secondary- Strategic Studies Scholarship for Medicine, Panda Environmental Services Award and National Aboriginal Achievement Awards for Health Careers. She shares her passion for the field of Dietetics with her community as a member and advocate for the Aboriginal Nutrition Network and has been featured on the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation now Indspireds’ website under Health Careers promotion.

In this cooking demonstration you will learn about traditional foods of the Aboriginal people and the importance of beans as a traditional food. Participants can also enjoy a sampling of bean and tomato pate.


Bannock Tasting
When: Saturday & Sunday 11 am – 1 pm
Location: Longhouse (outdoor village)
Facilitator: Melanie Knott
Come taste bannock cooked over an open  fire in the longhouse. Melanie Knott is a graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition from Western University.


Moses Lunham

Mandala Making Workshop (max. 25, * pre-register at welcome desk)
When: Saturday & Sunday 2 pm – 3:30 pm
Location: Museum 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 & Sunday 11 am – 1 pm & 2 pm – 4 pm
Location: Attawandaron Park
Facilitator: Nohemi

Nohemi is an experienced face painter and talented artist; she painted many faces at last year’s Pow Wow, SOAHAC Family Fun Day, and the St Julien Park Festival. In her spare time she likes to sing, act, paint, and sketch…. and of course decorate her Summer Splash friends. This year Nohemi will be attending High School as she is a recent graduate of a school for the arts. Nohemi will be available to paint colourful and traditional Native designs.



Hip Hop Dance Workshop

When: Saturday & Sunday 3 pm – 4 pm
Location: Museum Theatre
Facilitator: O.N.E. Hip Hop Studio

O.N.E. (Originality Never Ends) Hip Hop Studio is London’s newest dance studio located at 236 Dundas St. It is also London’s very first studio, which offers exclusively break dance and hip hop choreography lessons. Formed in the summer of 2012 by local dancers, along with London’s own “Ill At Will” breaking crew; members of the studio have taught over 100 workshops in the past 3 years, connecting with thousands of children and youth through the education of hip hop culture. O.N.E. is very pleased to be part of the Pow Wow once again this year, to entertain, educate and inspire today’s children and youth through the love of hip hop music and dance.


London Pottery Guild

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. Talk to the potters, find out about the Guild, and learn about this exciting traditional method of firing pottery.


Lacrosse Workshop
When: Saturday & Sunday, 2pm- 3pm
Location: Attawandaron Park
Facilitator: Tyler Hastings

Tyler Hastings has played lacrosse for the past 14 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 12 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.


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Upper Canada Woodland Allies Historical Reenactors
When: Saturday & Sunday, Ongoing
Location: Outdoor Village
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.



Robbie Antone’s “Blues for Kids” Musical Workshop
When: Saturday & Sunday 1pm – 2 pm
Location: Attawandaron Park
Facilitator: Robbie Antone

Multi-Award winning Aboriginal artist Robbie Antone has had a unique and distinguished career as a musician, recording artist and songwriter. Coming full circle with his award winning 3rd CD “Red Road Blues”, Robbie has indeed made his mark in the Music Industry. His soon to be released CD entitled “Life is too short” will be available in Sept 2014. Robbie Antone is Wolf Clan from Oneida Nation of the Thames, near London, ON. Check out his music, tour dates, photos and videos at ROBBIEANTONE.COM. Robbie Antone’s Blues Machine’s music can be best described as a melting pot of genres and styles that encompass Blues, Rock, Soul and R&B. * His CDs are available in MOA’s gift shop. Career highlights include 2012 Jack Richardson Music Award winners, 2012 Great Lakes Blues Society’s Road to Memphis Blues Challenge winners, 2012 Memphis International Blues Challenge Semi-Finalists, 2012 Toronto Blues Society’s Talent Search runners up and 2011 London Free Press’ Local Album of the Year winners.


Medicine Wheel T-Shirts (max. 20, * pre-register at welcome desk)
When: Saturday & Sunday, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Location: Museum Classroom
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 addends 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 has been giving workshops on both traditional and social hand drums, Traditional and social big drums (pow wow drums), the Medicine wheel and sewn rawhide rattles.  Hugh has given workshops and teachings in small and large groups in Ontario, Michigan and Quebec as well as groups touring from Europe and Asia. Hugh continues to learn and teach and pass along what his has been given and told.

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“Blood Memories” exhibit by Ken Rollison
When: Ongoing
Location: Feature gallery
Facilitator: N/A – however artist Ken Rollison will be on site

“Blood Memories: Pieces to a Puzzle”  features carvings, illustrations and photographs documenting artist Ken Rollinson’s research into the use of plants in aboriginal traditional medicine, through the use of meditational prayer and heritage tobacco.  The imagery documents his spiritual connection and communication with the plants he works with as was done in the past.  The hope is to help people to understand the belief that all things are connected through spirit and when that is respected the result is the sharing of information that enables survival for all.

Ken Rollinson was educated in Fine Arts at Geogian College in Owen Sound, ON as well as Fanshawe College in London, ON. He is a Métis artist who is greatly influenced by aboriginal culture and has always felt a strong spiritual connection to nature. He has spent many years studying, drawing, carving, and painting nature.