Aboriginal Experiences


Available: September - April, 2019

Our programs offer a rare opportunity to experience the rich culture, teachings and history of Canada's First People from our own perspective. Our talented team of Aboriginal artists, represent the Aboriginal community of Ottawa today - a diversity of native nations from across Canada (or Turtle Island as we know it). We pride ourselves on delivering a truly authentic experience that illustrates both the diversity of the Aboriginal cultures originating in Canada, and how they've progressed through the ages. Turtle Island Tourism Company was formed in partnership with the Odawa Native Friendship Centre, a cultural centre serving the Aboriginal community in the Capital region. It is through forming and maintaining partnerships within the Aboriginal community that ensures the authenticity of our presentations. Our programs bring this rich history to life with authentic learning experiences of Aboriginal history, culture and arts - disguised as fun and interactive experiences. Students have the opportunity to touch, taste and participate in traditional activities and games that provide insight into historical and contemporary Native life.

Curriculum Links

Understanding the rich diversity of Aboriginal cultures; gain an appreciation for the relationship between culture and dance; explore the use of drama and dance techniques to share a story.


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Program Type
Residency
Residency
Performance
Performance
Workshop
Workshop
Senior
Seniors
Language
English
French
French Immersion

Sky Woman Falls to the Earth

Residency Performance English

Sky Woman Falls to the Earth is an ancient Haudenosaunee creation story. Using mask, movement and scripted narration, the story brings the audience to a time when there was only a water world and a sky world. From this legend we learn how sky woman created what we now know as Turtle Island.

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
Maximum:
325
Discipline:
Dance
Time and Price:
One performance: 50 minutes (incl. Q & A)
$795 + HST
Two performances: same school in one day
$1095 + HST
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Spirit of Dance

Residency Performance English

This performance celebrates the diversity of our evolving culture with vibrant performances of five unique Pow Wow dance styles set to the “heartbeat” of the drum, concluding with a special contemporary hoop dance as well as a friendship dance.  

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Maximum:
325
Discipline:
Dance
Time and Price:
One performance:  50 minutes (incl. Q & A)  $795 + HST   
Two performances: same school in one day   $1095 + HST
Request a Booking

Pieces of Creation (2 artists)

Residency Workshop English

Learn about the story of Sky Woman Falls to the Earth, or follow up an in-school performance. Through creative imagination students will translate their version of the story, through native woodland style of art, using character stencils and acrylic paints. The students will gain a better understanding of the characters’ significance in First Nations culture.

Participants:
Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
Maximum:
30
Discipline:
Dance
Time and Price:
Half day: two 1 hour sessions $315 + HST
Full day: three 1 hour sessions $435 + HST
Request a Booking

Feel the Heartbeat

Residency Workshop English

Explore First Nations culture through their strong connection to Mother Earth. This interactive workshop includes an opportunity to play horn rattles, as well as learn social and stomp dances.

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Maximum:
30
Discipline:
Dance, Drama
Time and Price:
Half day: two 1 hr sessions $315 + HST
Full day: three 1 hr sessions $435 + HST
Request a Booking

Skywoman falls to the Earth

New Program Residency Performance English Seniors

Sky Woman Falls to the Earth is an ancient Haudenosaunee creation story. Using mask, movement and scripted narration, the story brings the audience to a time when there was only a water world and a sky world. From this legend we learn how sky woman created what we now know as Turtle Island.

Participants:
Seniors
Discipline:
Dance, Drama
Time and Price:
One performance: 50 minutes (including Q & A) $795 + HST
Request a Booking

Spirit of Dance

New Program Residency Performance English Seniors

This performance celebrates the diversity of our evolving culture with vibrant performances of five unique Pow Wow dance styles set to the “heartbeat” of the drum, concluding with a special contemporary hoop dance as well as a friendship dance.

Participants:
Seniors
Discipline:
Dance, Music
Time and Price:
One performance: 50 minutes (including Q & A) $795 + HST
Request a Booking

Feel the Heartbeat

Residency Workshop English Seniors

Explore First Nations culture through their strong connection to the “heartbeat of Mother Earth": the drum. This interactive workshop includes an opportunity to play horn rattles as well as learn social and stomp dances.

Participants:
Seniors
Maximum:
50
Discipline:
Dance, Drama
Time and Price:
One workshop: 1 hour $275 + HST
Two workshops: 1 hour each $315 + HST
Request a Booking