Thursday, 03 December 2015 17:55

ONYAT'A:KA Oneida Pride!

 

Oneida Pride

 

Oneida Pride – Students Celebrate Their Creativity & Culture

I just had an incredible week full of Oneida Pride as I worked with students at Standing Stone School at Oneida Nation of the Thames. Four classes were interested in songwriting, one wanted to do filmmaking and another did slam poetry. On Friday afternoon I commandeered the school PA system and started playing this song we’d written together over the intercom. The students all poured out of their classrooms and we had this impromptu rock show moment in the hallway!

When I walked into the Grade 2 classroom I asked what type of song they’d like to write. “A Christmas song!” one little girl exclaimed. I asked what we should call it. “Christmas Town” another chimed in. By the time I could grab a marker and make my way to the white board the kids were off and running, calling out lyrics as I scrambled to write them down.

I grabbed my guitar and started to find a melody that would work with the lyrics, as well as be in a good key for them to be able to sing. In four days we wrote the music, lyrics and melody together and recorded it. And honestly…it’s an amazing song!

CHRISTMAS TOWN

At the beginning of the week, I had an opportunity to get together with L:ao Antone, the Oneida language teacher, who graciously helped me work out some Oneida words that could be incorporated into the song I was writing with the kids. Creative and cultural literacy projects are an incredible opportunity to work together collaboratively to create something bigger than anyone person who is involved. This video is where we started on Monday…by Friday we were chanting at the top of our lungs in the hallway like we were at a rock concert!

SONGWRITING IN ONEIDA

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Thursday, 15 November 2012 05:33

A Journey of Discovery

The Journey of Discovery is an opportunity for Aboriginal and non Aboriginal students to come together in an exciting, creative environment that encourages risk taking and mutual respect. The facilitators enjoy working with community services to tailor the material to target key issues and existing programs.

A Journey of Discovery
is presented by a collective of indigenous artists from across Canada who lead students through a series of creative and cultural workshops. Combining traditional songs, stories, dance and regalia with modern forms of artistic expression students explore our shared past and the common ground we can build on as we face the future together.

Students can experience,

  • singing around a pow wow drum
  • beading and regalia making
  • learning traditional dances
  • discovering the meaning behind the traditions, stories and songs the excitement of taking creative risks
  • exploring forms of artistic expression and cultural heritage (slam poetry and song writing)
  • working collectively to produce a short film

The Journey of Discovery explores self-confidence, courage, healthy choices, creativity, community and risk taking and can be presented as a one day cultural performance workshop series, ideally suited as a multi cultural component for conferences, seminars and assemblies. We also offer the series of workshops and presentations over several days leading up to a mini pow wow, where the visual art created decorates the space, dancers wear the regalia they made as they perform with drummers and singers. This can be an incredible investment into the creativity of a community.

About the Facilitators:

Rob Spade is an Anishinabe artist-educator from Fort Hope First Nation. Rob brings years of experience delivering cultural education, counseling and support, cultural sensitivity training, cultural-arts-based therapy and guidance to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children, youth, and adults. He is a gifted and accomplished storyteller, dancer, drummer, singer, and visual artist influenced by the Ojibwe Woodlands Style.

Celeste Pedri is a proud Anishinabe-qwe from Lac Des Mille Lacs First Nation. Celeste is currently an active member of the indigenous academic community as she is completing her PhD of Philosophy (Anthropology) at the University of Victoria. She is an accomplished Ojibwe artist (beadwork, regalia, drummer) and is currently the artist-in-residence at the University of Victoria’s Centre for Religion and Spirituality in Society.

Rik Leaf is from the Red River Valley region of southern Manitoba. He is a professional recording artist, TV producer, author and the founder of the Canadian performance collective, Tribe of One, featuring French, English, First Nations and Métis musicians, dancers, painters and poets. Rik has drafted pilot projects for the Foreign Affairs Department, traveled to war-torn countries with the United Nations and provided cultural educational programming to over 20 First Nations communities from coast to coast across Canada.

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Monday, 30 April 2012 22:35

Just Be Your Most Amazing Self!

Tribe of One just returned from Albuquerque, New Mexico where we had two showcase performance showcases at Gathering of Nations. Gathering of Nations is the largest pow wow in the world and represents dancers, drummers and singers from over 500 tribes across North America. It’s amazing!

Our first performance was in Pow Wow Alley and our second was on the famous, Stage 49. From the minute we arrived at the airport in Winnipeg, the trip had all the characteristic moments of creative chaos that make each Tribe tour an adventure. Flying with United we were motivated to get all our guitars and flight cases checked without paying overweight and over-sized fees. This involves a ridiculous amount of flirting with airline agents as we try to distract them from doing their job with due diligence. (we’re good at it so we have a great success rate)

After navigating security and customs officials, (where I was once again ‘randomly’ selected for additional screening…artistic profiling people, it affects all of us!) We got through, and immediately fell into the familiar patterns of humor and hilarity, as we discussed wildly imaginative plans, plays and performances to make the world a better and more beautiful place to live.

The anticipation grew. We’d been working toward GON for months, so it was a relief to actually be there and have a chance…a chance to be amazing. Cause that’s really what it all comes down to. We work our asses off. Like most entrepreneurs we work long hours with little or irregular pay. Every day, drumming up the motivation and dogged determination not to give up…to keep going and believing and speaking that hope and courage out loud to the universe in hopes of attracting other like- minded, kindred spirits.

Cause it's worth it, finding a chance to just be your most amazing self…is really a chance to change the world!

 

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Monday, 18 April 2011 16:32

Tribe of One - Culture & Art Workshop

Tribe of One is a group of world-class performers who fuse the rich heritage of Indigenous cultures with modern forms of artistic expression. Featuring First Nations, Metis, French & English musicians, dancers, painters and slam poets. Tribe of One provides painting, dance, music and drumming workshops throughout morning and early afternoon with a multi disciplinary performance at the end of the day.

In addition, Tribe of One also produces a DVD that incorporates the artistic contributions of the students and is presented to the school at the end of the day. The Tribe’s presentation teaches the value of risk taking and the importance of discovering how your unique gifts and abilities not only empower you to invest in your future, but also provide meaningful opportunities for collaboration with others who have different skill sets, backgrounds, beliefs, lifestyles and cultures.

Tribe of One provide all production requirements, sound system and lighting, sound technicians, instruments and equipment..

For additional information, please visit

http://tribeofone.com or email

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250-483-4177.

Word on the street:

“In their workshops and in concert, Tribe of One went far beyond entertaining our students (though they did that too.) Their highimpact visit gave a real boost to the fi ne and performing arts in our school, and I shudder to think that we might have missed an amazing opportunity had I been too quick to hit the delete button.”

· Geoff Bueger, Principal, Princess Alexandra School, Hay River, NWT, 2010

 

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Wednesday, 13 October 2010 16:49

Crazy Percussive Guitar

A short raw video clip from the Tribe of One & Aboriginal School of Dance Showcase.

November 2010

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