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2016 A Journey of Discovery

 

If you are looking for conference presenters, workshop facilitators, or multi cultural performers for your festival - contact us!

 

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Victoria, B.C.

250-896-2572

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St Boniface, MB

204-228-6604

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This year we proudly present, 'A Journey of Discovery' a multi cultural storytelling extravaganza...from the shadows of a dark past to the bright light of a new day, as we face the future together.

Live performances feature First Nations, Metis, French and English musicians, dancers, visual artists and slam poets. Our workshops include traditional drumming, singing, jigging and dancing as well as contemporary dance styles, slam poetry, songwriting and filmmaking.

Tribe of One has worked with the United Nations, the Foreign Affairs Department of Canada, UNESCO, youth conferences festivals, educators and indigenous communities across Canada.


We would love to come to your community or school.

 

Published in Tour Stories
Wednesday, 16 January 2013 22:25

Idle No More - The Power of Story

 

Idle No More is the movement of the moment. For some it’s a movement they’ve waited their whole lives to see, and for others it’s something that has come out of the blue without warning. For my part I’m excited, because this is an amazing opportunity for the Power of Story to change how we see ourselves and the world around us.

The Story of Canada is the narrative used to explain how we got to where we are today. It’s a powerful Story that’s been used for hundreds of years to explain away the excuses and abuses of power and position. A story full of misdirection, half-truths and outright lies…and it’s starting to unravel. That’s one of the reasons I’m excited…the unraveling of the Story of Canada is an exciting opportunity for storytellers to be Idle No More.

While preachers feverishly preach their version of the truth to the converted and politicians dutifully tow the official party line and corporations desperately cling to outdated business-as-usual solutions, storytellers are free. Free to use the full measure of creativity to tell a new Story…one that can slip in between the cracks of a crumbling façade and let the light fill hearts and minds.

Cause we didn’t just get to where we are by accident. The rampant racism, bigotry, inequality and abuses of power are all part of the Story we were told. The Story that taught settlers how to see indigenous communities and visa versa, the Story told to children, reinforced by parents who repeated what they’d been taught in schools, universities and boardrooms. So while preachers, teachers, politicians and big business certainly have a responsibility and a part to play, Idle No More needs great storytellers to use their creative talents and abilities to engage, empower and educate this country. Storytellers work with the palette of possibilities and have the ability to empower individuals to imagine ways they can be active participants in making the world a better place.

Idle No More is an opportunity to write a new Story, a better one, more generous, honest and true…one that will change the world.

Rik Leaf is the Creative Director for Tribe of One, a performance collective featuring English, French, First Nations and Metis musicians, dancers, painters and poets who fuse the rich heritage of indigenous culture with modern forms of artistic expression.

Published in Tour Stories
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!

 

Published in Tour Stories

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