Indigenous Experiences

Available: September - April, 2021

Our programs offer a rare opportunity to experience the rich culture, teachings, and history of Canada's Indigenous People from a First Nation perspective. Our talented team of Indigenous artists represent the Indigenous 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 Indigenous cultures originating in Canada, and how they have progressed through the ages.  

Indigenous Experiences- Formerly Aboriginal Experiences and Turtle Island Tourism, was formed in partnership with the Odawa Native Friendship Centre, a cultural centre serving the Indigenous community in the Capital region. It is through forming and maintaining partnerships within the Indigenous community that ensures the authenticity of our presentations. Our programs bring this rich history to life with authentic learning experiences of Indigenous, culture and arts - disguised as fun and interactive experiences.  

Students can have the opportunity to participate in traditional activities and games that provide insight into historical and contemporary Indigenous life. 

Curriculum Links

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

Additional Information

In each performance Indigenous Experiences will offer a traditional opening and a welcome song, concluding with artist introductions and open discussion about First Nations culture.


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New Artist
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Program Type
Residency
Residency
Indigenous
Indigenous
Performance
Performance
Workshop
Workshop
Senior
Seniors
Language
English
French
French Immersion

Seniors Performance: 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:
In person only:
One performance of 50 minutes (including Q & A) $800 + HST
Request a Booking

School Performance: 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. In each performance Indigenous Experiences will offer a traditional opening and a welcome song, concluding with artist introductions and open discussion about First Nations culture.

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:
In person only:
One performance: 50 minutes (incl. Q & A)
$800 + HST
Two performances: same school in one day
$1100 + HST

Request a Booking

School Performance: 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. In each performance Indigenous Experiences will offer a traditional opening and a welcome song, concluding with artist introductions and open discussion about First Nations culture.  

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:
In person:
One performance: 50 minutes (incl. Q & A)
$800 + HST
two performances: same school in one day
$1100 + HST

Online: Video On Demand
One performance: 1 hour (video on demand + live discussion with the artist) $570 + HST
Each additional meeting: $60 + HST
Maximum:
500 students for the video
60 participants for the meeting

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School Workshop: 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:
In person only:
Half day: two 1 hour sessions $320 + HST
Full day: three 1 hour sessions $440 + HST
Request a Booking

School Workshop: 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:
In person only:
Half day: two 1 hr sessions $320 + HST
Full day: three 1 hr sessions $440 + HST
Request a Booking

Seniors Performance: 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:
In person only:
One performance of 50 minutes (including Q & A) $800 + HST
Request a Booking

Seniors Workshop: 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:
In person only:
One workshop: 1 hour $280 + HST
Request a Booking