FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Brantford / Six Nations, ON (April 10, 2018) – The Woodland Cultural Centre (WCC), a leader in the field of First Nations museum exhibitions, artistic endeavors, language, research facilities and cultural programming is thrilled to announce the Onkwehón:we (The Original People’s) Festival June 15 – 17, 2018.
The Onkwehón:we Festival will focus on current Haudenosaunee (People of the Longhouse) artistic and cultural practices in both contemporary and traditional forms. Attendees will have the opportunity to witness unique traditions that have been existent before contact. Performances and events will be multi-disciplined and of the highest caliber featuring storytelling, dance, music, theatre, visual arts, film and workshops.
We invite the public to celebrate and explore Onkwehón:we talent and teachings from across Turtle Island. The festival will take place on the grounds of the Woodland Cultural Centre June 15 – 17, 2018 with lead up activities taking place at several partner sites around Six Nations and Brantford.
The intent of the festival is to provide a space for Haudenosaunee artists and other Indigenous nations from across Turtle Island to showcase their artistic gifts. 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.
The Woodland Cultural Centre gratefully acknowledges the continued support from Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, Department of Canadian Heritage, Brant Community Foundation, Six Nations Elected Council and Dreamcatcher. With additional contribution from Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation and The Gathering Place by the Grand.
For more information, please call 519.759.2650 or visit www.woodlandculturalcentre.ca
The Woodland Cultural Centre wants to say nya:węh/niá:wen to our giving community for your generosity on #GivingTuesdayCA. We are overwhelmed with gratitude for your continued support of the Centre and the work we do! Executive Director Heather George writes “Our supporters and donors have once again displayed their generosity and that they, like all of us at Woodland, are passionate about cultural reclamation, preservation, and celebration. Your support of our language department is an act of true kindness and love. Our languages are so much more than words on paper – language frames deep philosophical and relational understandings that help all of us engage in kinder, more compassionate ways and is an important part of our healing from the trauma of residential school. Like many not-for-profit organizations that participate in #GivingTuesday, charitable donations form an important part of our financial wellbeing and they are also an important indication that you believe in us and the work we do. Wa’tkwanonhwerá:ton’ (I to you all, sending forth embracing, celebratory, good energy)”Thanks to your generous contributions we were able to raise $25,352 in support of the preservation of Hodinohsho:ni languages and the important revitalization work being done at Woodland. Nya:węh/Niá:wen to the Dufresne-Ray Family Fund at Hamilton Community Foundation, which for the fourth consecutive year in a row has matched the first $5,000 of your donations. We are so grateful to have your continued support and generous contribution. To find out how you can support Woodland, visit our website: woodlandculturalcentre.ca/support-us/ #OnHeritage #OntarioHistory #Indigenous #IndigenousVoices #IndigenousArt #IndigenousEvents #FirstNations #FN #IndigenousKnowledge #IndigenousCulture #BrantOnt #TruthandReconciliation ... See MoreSee Less