Rhonda Doxtator

About the Artist

Rhonda Doxtator is turtle clan from the Oneida nation of southern Ontario.  Her name is Kawisaha (pronounced Ga wee sa haa), which means ‘She is Carrying Ice’.  As a pow wow dancer for several decades, Rhonda’s passion  now lies in the education of culture for future generations. Song, dance, and regalia making are some of the art forms utilized to increase awareness and instil pride for Indigenous youth. It is with the beautiful medicine of stories, song and dance that Rhonda hopes to bring deeper understanding to the non Indigenous community for the betterment of all of our future generations.

I like to think that sharing knowledge and promoting cultural awareness is key to the growth of humankind.

— Rhonda Doxtator

Artist's Programs

Curriculum Links

Understand 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.

Artistic Disciplines

Dance, Visual Arts


Culturally Diverse, Indigenous, Person of Colour, Women+


Children ages 5 - 11, Children ages 12 - 18, 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

Language Proficiency


People love this artist

Rhonda Doxtator was amazing! I can't recommend her highly enough. Her way of engaging students, her patience and kindness and her inspiring words were so welcome during these stressful times. She is a beautiful soul. I really encourage you to find ways to have her visit as many schools as possible. Our grade 5/6 class really enjoyed an opportunity to chat with Rhonda during her talkback session and she was so respectful in answering all their questions. For our Grade 6 students moving on to new adventures in Grade 7, her message of being yourself and honouring your heritage and traditions was particularly important. Every staff member commented that they could listen to Rhonda speak for hours.

— Laura Cress, Ottawa Catholic School Board

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