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Genre: Concert, Spoken Word

Duration: 120 Minutes

Rating: 14A

Raise the Feather: Indigenous Storytelling

Join our host, Cher Obediah, for an evening of storytelling and music with Chief R. Stacey Laforme, Keith Silver, Bradlee Llyod Henry, Tiffany Silversmith, and Wendy Hill.

Indigenous cultures have long passed on knowledge from generation to generation through oral traditions, including storytelling and music. Storytelling is a traditional teaching method about cultural beliefs, values, customs, rituals, history, practices, relationships, and ways of life.

Cher Obediah

Cher Obediah is Ojibway and Mohawk of the Turtle Clan from Six Nations Ontario with roots in Alderville First Nation. She’s an award winning filmmaker, author, speaker and certified aerobics instructor. She is the creator of Cultural Cardio, a unique blend of aerobics and Woman’s Fancy Shawl Powwow dancing.
Cher started in theatre before making her way into television as a reporter. She currently works in film and operates her own production company. She is a multidisciplinary creative lending to projects that focus on healing and transformation, equality and inclusion, Indigenous culture, domestic violence, all things art 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.

Chief R. Stacey Laforme

R. Stacey Laforme is the elected Chief of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (MCFN). Born and raised on MCFN Chief Laforme has served his community for over 25 years.
Chief Laforme has participated in a number of committees and boards throughout his time as a Councillor, including involvement with the MCFNs Pan Am Games Secretariat (PAGS). As Chair of the PAGS Committee, Invictus host First Nation and many more.

Chief Laforme is committed to building relationships throughout MNCFN’s traditional territory, which encompasses 3.9 million acres of Southern Ontario, not only as a Chief, but as a notable storyteller, poet and best-selling author.

Keith Silver

Keith Silver is Oneida, Bear Clan from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. He started performing music at the age of 13, in the church band. He began playing with his family band at the age of 17, at local establishments in the Brantford ON and Hamilton ON area. He has had the pleasure of playing with musicians such as Murray Porter, George Leach, Josh Miller, Crystal Shawanda, Dry County and many other talented musicians as a freelance bassist and backup vocalist.

Bradlee Llyod Henry

Bradlee is a Six Nations band member from the Onondaga Nation turtle clan. Since age three, Bradlee has been learning and practicing his traditional way of life through song, dance, and art. Along his journey, Bradlee has discovered many interests, gifts, and talents that connect to his well-being mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Tiffany Silversmith

Tiffany Silversmith is a Six Nations Band Member from the Onondaga Nation, Turtle Clan. She is 23 years old, born and raised in Hamilton. Tiffany is currently living on Six Nations with her older sister and nephew, although she spends a lot of time in Hamilton.

Tiffany has many gifts and talents that she has discovered and has found her voice and has been singing publicly for the past 6 years. Tiffany is a young leader in our community who deeply cares about making change. She is an artist and performer that has many interests in playing any musical instrument, writing her own songs, wood burning, and enjoys learning the Cayuga Language.

Wendy Hill

Wendy Hill is from the Cayuga Nation, which is one of the Six Nations/Longhouse people. Wendy’s spiritual knowledge began as a child through her dreams and spiritual experiences. She was raised through her people’s traditional ceremonies and continues her ancestors’ spirituality. At twenty years old she had a near-death experience and was given insight to her abilities as a healer. Today she works as a healer and peace-builder in many different Native communities in North America. She travels extensively, motivating community wellness and healing, as well as awareness of the Earth’s changes. She does hands-on healing for pain and illness, as well as emotional, mental and spiritual healing. Wendy continues to enlighten and share guidance, direction and healing wherever she goes.