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Duration: 120 Minutes

National Indigenous Peoples Day

Join us on National Indigenous Peoples Day for an evening of music, dance, culture, and film as we celebrate our Indigenous community.  The evening will be capped off with a discussion panel about Indigenous art, identity, and the difficulties faced working towards the goal of Reconciliation. Hosted by Cher Obediah, the celebration features James Wilson, Spirit Vision Drum & Dancers, The Mohawk Singers, and the premiere screening of the short documentary film “Tecumseh”.

Free Admission! Please register for your tickets at thewestdale.ca, or in-person at the box office.

     

Cher Obediah

Cher Obediah is Ojibway and Mohawk of the Turtle Clan from Six Nations Ontario with roots in Alderville First Nation.  She’s a multidisciplinary creative as a filmmaker, writer, speaker, author and artist.  Along with operating her production company she dedicates her creativity to projects focusing on healing and transformation, Indigenous culture, domestic violence, youth driven initiatives and content that inspires others to recognize their worth.  Cher received the Truly Independent Award from the Hamilton Film Festival, she was the 2020 Hamilton Media Arts Award winner and also the winner of Canfitpro’s Got Talent demonstrating powwow dancing. 

Cher’s newest film, “Tecumseh” is a short documentary about a historical hero who had the future in mind. Immersed in the Indigenous way he navigated a colonizer mindset to reimagine the landscape of Turtle Island. His leadership and efforts were cut short but the spirit of his vision lives on today, with hope for a peaceful path forward.

James Wilson

James N. Wilson is a Mohawk and French-Canadian Singer-Songwriter from Six Nations of the Grand River. His original music falls in the genre of Pop Rock and his musical sound has been compared to many artists such as Dave Matthews, Shawn Mendes and Coldplay. In May of 2024 he released his second album “Alive” which is now available on all streaming platforms.

Spirit Vision Drum & Dancers

Spirit Vision Drum & Dancers have been in Hamilton for nearly 30 years, with over 30 years combined experience. With friends and family coming and going, the name Spirit Vision has been a way to show we are to stay focused on our spiritual walk in that we hold great values to heart, Our Spirit Vision. The group features Sharon Johns, who been dancing more than 25 years both as a Jingle dress dancer and currently as a Fancy Shawl Dancer; Kristen Shoemaker, dancing for over 14 years as Traditional Dancer and currently as a Jingle dress dancer; and singers Jamie Johns and Luke Johns.

The Mohawk Singers
The Mohawk women’s singing group was formed 18 years ago through the Onkwawenna Kentyohkwa Adult Immersion school program, which cultivates the kanyen’kehaka (Mohawk) language. The group sings their own songs as well as performing traditional social songs. They have performed at the South Coast Jazz Festival in Brantford, McMaster’s Indigenous Department celebration, the Anniversary celebration for De Dwa Da Dehs Nyes, and the Grand Opening of the Outdoor Art Museum in Toronto.

The Mohawk singers are also known as Kontirennanoron (Goondeeloonanorlow), which in the Mohawk  language means “Women who sing Precious Songs”. The group consists of a rotation of 12 women of all ages, backgrounds, and experience.  Kontirennanoron sings to bring good medicine, and peace, while celebrating music, song and dance.

Funded by in part by the Government of Canada

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