The workshop serves as an introduction to a culture that many
will not have experienced before.
- John starts with items from his dance regalia, hand
drum, and traditional medicines being laid out. He
introduces himself using both of his names, the one he
uses in ceremonies and the one he uses in everyday life.
- Using the hand drum, John gives some basic teachings
behind the use and significance of the songs and the beat
that accompanies them. Songs will be shared showing
the different styles of song with explanations of each
style. Drums and shakes will be available and John will
teach a simple song.
- John talks about the four primary medicines and how
they are used as part of his day to day life. All the
teachings are very basic.
- Dance regalia consists of his breastplate, choker, sash,
medicine bags and various necklaces worn during
ceremonial dances. The significance of their colour
combinations will be explained and these artifacts will be
passed around so people have an opportunity to
physically experience them.
During the presentation there will be opportunities for
The idea behind the presentation is to facilitate the breaking
down of the barriers of misunderstanding and ignorance. The
workshop is entertaining and promotes the ideas of
multiculturalism and acceptance of diversity. The time for the
presentation is about one and a half hours.
WE CAN TAILOR A WORKSHOP FOR ANY GROUP. FOR
EXAMPLE, WE HAVE CREATED CUSTOM WORKSHOPS THAT
FOCUS ON CANADIAN ABORIGINAL PARTICIPATION IN WARS
AND FOR EDUCATORS,TEACHING WITH AN ABORIGINAL
PERSPECTIVE IN MIND.
based on different
John in the longhouse at St. Marie Amoung the Hurons.