June 28-30 2019 Haudenosaunee artists and other Indigenous nations from across Turtle Island came to celebrate and showcase their artistic gifts. The festival has become a destination for artists and audiences alike.
The Onkwehón:we Festival celebrates contemporary and traditional Haudenosaunee (People of the Longhouse) artistic performances. Attendees have the opportunity to participate in unique and vibrant traditions that have been practised for generations. Performances and events include storytelling, dance, music, theatre, visual arts, film and workshops. This year, on Sunday June 30th there was be a special performance from the Sinquah Family Dance Troupe, an Indigenous dance troupe of the Hopi/Tewa/Choctaw Nations from northern Arizona, as well as a Smoke Dance contest.
This festival provides a space for Haudenosaunee artists and other indigenous nations from across Turtle Island. The vision is to create and grow a festival within the community that will be a destination for artists, audiences, organizations, and presenters to enjoy.
Thanks to support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, Celebrate Ontario, and the Department of Canadian Heritage, admission to the festival, as well as to our museum and galleries will be free throughout the weekend.
There were also ticketed workshop on sale leading up to the festival. Our Water Drum Making Workshop ($50) and Beaded Strawberry Pin Workshop ($25) were huge successes, and participants walked away with newfound artistic skills!
All are welcome!
The Woodland Cultural Centre (WCC) has been a leader in the field of First Nations museology, artistic endeavours, research, language revitalization, and cultural programming for almost 50 years. WCC is also home to the Mohawk Institute – one of the oldest and longest-running Residential Schools in Canada. WCC hosts educational programming, cultural interpretation, and exhibitions celebrating traditional and contemporary Indigenous art and culture throughout the year.
Festival Schedule – View Here!