Education Workshops

All workshops and presentations offered both on and off-site. Please contact tours@woodland-centre.on.ca, for off-site presentation fees and mileage costs.

MUSIC AND DANCE WORKSHOP

This session will begin with a video of Haudenosaunee dances, showing people singing and dancing in full Haudenosaunee clothing. Traditional clothing will be displayed so students can see it first hand. Students will participate in 3-4 Haudenosaunee social dances and play some of the traditional instruments.

Grade level: pre-K +

Length: 40 minutes-1 hour

TRADITIONAL GAMES education-games-02

One of our most popular workshops where participants will get to try some of the games that were played by the Haudenosaunee people long ago, and still played today. These might include bone and toggle, scattering sticks, bone dice, double ball (dingball), long ball, lacrosse, *Snowsnake, and *snowshoeing. (*These 2 will only be offered at the Centre and are seasonal.)

Grade level: pre-K+

Length: 1 hour

LAND CLAIMS OF THE SIX NATIONS

Participants will learn about the land claims at Six Nations of the Grand River Reserve, and some of the issues surrounding these claims. This involves a power point presentation, along with an activity that shows the depletion of Six Nations land over the years since the establishment of the Haldimand Proclamation of 1784.

Grade level: 9+

Length: 30-40 minutes

FIRST NATIONS STEREOTYPES AND RACISM

Presentation will focus on the stereotypes that have distorted the image of First nations people across North America. View 2 short films for discussion (For Angela – 24 min. and Not the Indian You Had In Mind – 4 min.)

Grade level: 6+

Length: 1-1.5 hours

UNDERSTANDING THE TATTOO ART OF FIRST NATIONS PEOPLE

Revealing the story behind the ink of the Hausenosaunee and other indigenous cultures, what the symbols mean and how we an honour our own beliefs using this ancient art form. Participants will create a temporary tattoo on transfer paper.

Grade level: 6+

Length: 1 hour

INDIGENOUS PLANTS OF THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE

Environmental and Cultural Art based workshop that introduces healing and food plants and their cultural importance to First Nations people. Participants will learn about some of these plants and from images provided reproduce them using water colour painting techniques. (Visitors to the Center will go on a walking tour of the centre’s grounds during Spring, Summer and Fall months to discover some of these plants growing in their natural environment.)

Grade level: 6+

Length: 1.5-2 hours

FIRST NATIONS CONTRIBUTIONS

A Power Point of First Nations aid to European settlers. First Nations food cultivation and medicines with a focus on corn and all it’s contributions past and present. Participants will make a corn husk doll.

Grade level: 3-6

Length: 1 hour

The Woodland Cultural Centre can accommodate groups of 25, and up to a maximum of 75 people. A group of 10 minimum for a guided tour is required. Tours are available Tuesday through Friday, year-round. 

Cancellation Policy

The Woodland Cultural Centre requires a 2-week advanced notice of cancellation or postponement for a tour. The 2-week time period is in calendar days (not business days). Failure to provide proper notice of cancellation or postponement will result in the assessment of a cancellation fee.

For more information or to schedule a tour, please contact Cheryl Red Eagle, School/Group Registrar at:

Museum Education

(519) 759-2650 ext. 230

1-866-412-2202 (toll free)

(519) 759-2445 (fax)

tours@woodland-centre.on.ca