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Aaron Bell Courtney Warner/  Chris Warner  /
Lance Logan- Keye
 / Cheryl Secord/ Dan Secord/ April Doxtator

 

Aaron Bell

Ojibway Storyteller and Gonrah Degohwah White Pine Dancers

Ojibway Storyteller
224 Mount Pleasant Street
Brantford, Ontario
N3T 1V1
(519) 752-9537
info@ojibwaystoryteller.com

First Nations Storytelling

15 years of sharing the story’s of the First Nations people with audiences both international and local in numerous venue’s

National Canadian Storytelling representative for 2007 Canadian Book Week Tour

Two Cd Releases, “How the Oceans Became Salty” and “Painted Imagination” (Sales in Germany, France, Spain, Canada, USA, Portugal, Sweden and Switzerland), Not with any labels.

Five years with Kanata Village Traditional Iroquoian Village as Assistant Manager responsible for curriculum design, lead tour guide, festival management and organization.

Created “Ojibway Storyteller” as a sole proprietorship business providing First Nations curriculum for educational facilities, organizations and festivals.

Owner / Administrator of Gonrah Desgohwah White Pine Dancers

Performed for over 500 schools and venues across Canada and U.S.

Over 1500 performances

Principal Actor “The War That Made America” P.B.S. Pittsburgh, P.A. 2003

Actor, storyteller and narrator “Ohio, One State, Many Nations” 2003, P.B.S. Ohio.  All primary and secondary schools in Ohio

Guest Speaker, “Mysterious Canada”, 2004

Canadian Tourism Commission, Best Winter Cultural Experience, 2002 (curriculum designer for Kanata Village), Tourism Award

Brantford’s Shining Stars Tourism Awards, Individual Award for Arts and Culture, 2003

Principal Storyteller for Toronto Festival of Storytelling opening night at the Royal Ontario Museum, 2002

MC / Storyteller for White Pine, Pier 21, Halifax, NS

Coordinator for Ghost River Rediscovery Fundraiser, Calgary AB, 2006 (Michael Lickers)

MC for White Pine Dancers, Royal Canadian Ride, Brantford, Ontario, 2004

MC for White Pine Dancers, Canada Celebrations, Unionville, Ontario (5 years running)

MC for White Pine Dancers, Crawford Lake Conservation Area, Milton, Ontario (5 years running)

Over 150 performances with White Pine Dancers

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Courtney Thomas


Ojibway Storyteller and Gonrah Desgohwah White Pine Dancers

Mohawk Nation/Turtle Clan; Haudenosouanee

Women’s Fancy Dancer/Women’s Traditional Dancer/ Iroquois Smoke Dancer

 Dance
 Women’s Fancy Shaw
 Women’s Traditional
 Women’s Smoke Dance
 Haudenosaunee social dancing

Sing
Haudenosaunee Social songs

Workshops

I’ve conducted workshops in

Smoke dance
Regalia design
Dream Catcher making
Women’s Traditional
Haudenosaunee Social Singing & Danci
ng

Regalia Design

   I know how to make/create:

    Haudenosaunee clothing
    Peyote stitch Beadwork
    Lazy stitch beadwork
    Beaded Dream Catchers
    Pow-Wow regalia
    Hair pieces for women
    Haudenosuanee Male Head dress
    Raised Beadwork
    Leather work
    Moccasins

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Shows

 Major shows that I have performed

Canada Day Celebrations

Unionville, ON July 1, 2006
White Pine Dancers
Women’s Fancy Shawl & Smoke Dance

 25th Annual Iroquois Festival

Cobleskill, NY Labour Day weekend (annual)
Sky Dancers
Haudenosaunee Social Dancing

 Nations In A Circle Showcase

Halifax, NS October 2004
White Pine Dancers
Women’s Fancy Shawl & Smoke Dance

A.W.T.I School Culture Show

Houston, TX April 2006
Haudenosaunee Social Dancing

Miccosukee Cultural Festival

Miccosukee, FL January 2003
Haudenosaunee Social Dancing

Cherokee Annual Fair & Pow-Wow

Cherokee, NC May 2003-2005
Haudenosaunee Social Dancing

 

Richmond Annual Pow-Wow

                                  Richmond, KY June 2004
                                  Haudenosaunee Social Dancing

 

Ghost River Rediscovery

                                Calgary, AB April 2006
                                White Pine Dancers

 

Chris Warner


Ojibway Storyteller and Gonrah Degohwah White Pine Dancers
 Nation, Wolf Clan, Haudenosaunee
Men’s Fancy Dancer/Men’s Traditional Dancer/ Smoke Dancer/ Singer

Dance

 -Men’s Fancy Feather
 -Men’s Traditional
 -Men’s Smoke Dance
-Haudenosaunee social dancer & Singer

Sing
- Haudenosaunee Social songs

 Craft Workshops
 I’ve conducted workshops in

-Smoke dance
-Dream Catcher making
-Men’s Traditional
-Men’s Fancy Feather
-Haudenosaunee Social Singing & Dancing

 Other
I know how to make/create
- Haudenosaunee clothing
-Lazy stitch beadwork
-Beaded Dream Catchers
-Pow-Wow regalia & Shields
- Haudenosuanee Male Head dress
-Leather work
-Moccasins
-Drums & Wooden Flutes

Shows

Major shows that I have performed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canada Day Celebrations
Unionville, ON July 1, 2006
White Pine Dancers
Women’s Fancy Shawl & Smoke Dance
 
25th Annual Iroquois Festival
Cobleskill, NY Labour Day weekend (annual)
Sky Dancers
Haudenosaunee Social Dancing
 
Nations In A Circle Showcase
Halifax, NS October 2004
White Pine Dancers
Women’s Fancy Shawl & Smoke Dance
 
A.W.T.I School Culture Show
Houston, TX April 2006
Sky Dancers
Haudenosaunee Social Dancing
           
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Miccosukee Cultural Festival
Miccosukee, FL January 2003
Sky Dancers
Haudenosaunee Social Dancing
 
Cherokee Annual Fair & Pow-Wow
Cherokee, NC May 2003-2005
Sky Dancers
Haudenosaunee Social Dancing
 
Richmond Annual Pow-Wow
Richmond, KY June 2004
Sky Dancers
Haudenosaunee Social Dancing
 
Ghost River Rediscovery
Calgary, AB April 2006
White Pine Dancers
Haudenosaunee Social Dancing
 


Lance Logan-Keye


Ojibway Storyteller and Gonrah Degohwah White Pine Dancers

Lance Logan-Keye is a Mohawk of the Wolf Clan from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. Lance has worked professionally as a counselor for the past 16 years. Mostly in his home community but has recently made the move to the Niagara Region. He was employed by the Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre as the Youth Reunification Program Counselor and most recently as the Domestic Violence Awareness/Events Coordinator. He is now working in the new position of Community Mental Health Worker.

Lance also runs a part time business as a body and energy worker called “Other Side of Heaven” Energy and Bodywork. He is certified in Reiki, Therapeutic Touch, Metamorphic Technique and 5 Tibetan Yoga’s. He is also trained in Shiatsu, Tapas Acupressure Technique and Emotional Freedom Technique and is currently seeking his full certification in Quantum Touch. Lance regularly explores and deepens his knowledge into this spiritual form of helping.

Lance is also a performer and craftsman. He sings and dances in the style of his people; he is one of the lead singers with Ojihgwagayoh, the Old Mush Singers and is a competitive smoke dancer. He has also been known to sing on the Big Drum and is a competitive Men’s Traditional Dancer. He is also a principle dancer and singer with the Onrah Desgowah White Pines Dance Troupe out of Brantford, Ontario. Lance spends what little spare time he has making pieces of dancer regalia and has recently, reluctantly added bead work and acting to his repertoire.

Lance is a traditional man brought up in the traditions of the Hodenosaunnee people. Lance has taken it upon himself to educate himself on the traditions of other Native cultural groups from North America. He believes that in order to understand and respect others, you must take the time to connect to and learn about who the other person is and honour the invite they may have given you to their sacred places.

 

Shows and Honours:
-Fort Erie Traditional Powwow August 5 & 6, 2006.
-Head Male Dancer - Men’s Traditional Style
-MC - Smoke Dance Competition

-Brock University International Youth Conference – Opening Ceremony July 18, 2006.
-White Pine Dancers
-Men’s Traditional Style Dancing & Contemporary Native Song(solo)

Subway Restaurants International AGM Opening Ceremony – Toronto July 23, 2006.
-White Pine Dancers
-Men’s Traditional Style Dancing & Smoke Dance singing

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Kettle & Stoney Point Competition Powwow – July 8 & 9, 2006.
- Men’s Traditional Style Dancing

Canada Day Celebrations – Uniondale Ontario – July 1, 2006.
-White Pine Dancers
-Men’s Traditional Style Dancing

Aboriginal Day Celebrations – Kitchener June 21, 2006.
-White Pine Dancers
-Men’s Traditional Dancing & Story Telling

Aboriginal Day Celebrations – Brantford Ontario June 21, 2006.
-Old Mush Singers
-Haudenosaunee Social Dance Singing – showcase style medley

Hagersville Secondary School Arts Showcase
–Grand River Polytechnic Institute – June 20, 2006.
-Old Mush Singers
-Haudenosaunee Social Dance Singing – showcase style medley

“The Protected Place” Benefit Concert – June 16, 2006.
-Old Mush Singers
-Haudenosaunee Social Dance Singing – showcase style medley

“The Protected Place” Benefit Concert – June 16, 2006.
-“The Protected Place” Singers
-Traditional Western Door Pow Wow Drum

Ganohkwasra Book Launch – May 28, 2006.
-White Pine Dancers
-Haudenosaunee Social Dance Singing & Dancing

Brock University Memorial For Susanne Rachonne – May 7, 2006.
-Oniagra
-Honour Song

Oneida Of The Thames Mini Sing & Social – April 15, 2006.
-full Haudenosaunee social gathering

Fort Erie Mid-Winter Powwow – Mar. 4, 2006.
-Big Train Singers

“Raising Our Voice” – Sanderson Centre – Brantford – February 18, 2006.
-Smoke Dance

Toronto Garment District – February 11, 2006.
-Old Mush Singers
-Studio recording Creation Story Soundtrack – Santee Smith

Old Mush Socials 2006
-March 4, 2006 – Six Nations Community Hall
-February 14, 2006 - Six Nations Community Hall
-January 19, 2006 - Six Nations Community Hall

Fort Erie New Years Eve Powwow – December 31, 2005.
-various drums

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cheryl Secord


Ojibway Storyteller and Gonrah Degohwah White Pine Dancers
Odawa (Anishinabe) of Wikwemikong Unceded First Nation
Women’s Jingle Dress Dancer / Powwow Drum Back-up Singer

Skills:
-Dance
- Women’s Fancy Shawl
- Jingle

Singing
- Women’s Handrum Songs
- Big Train Back-up singing

Craft Workshops
I have conducted craft workshops in:
- Dreamcatchers
- Baby size Ojibwe Puckered-toe moccasins
- Lazy stitch beadwork
- Regalia Making

Other
I also know how to create / make:
- Loom Bead
- Peyote Stitch beadwork
- Brick Stitch beadwork
- Beaded Dreamcatchers
- Beaded Chokers
- Dance Sticks
- Drum Sticks
- Hoops


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Dan Secord       

                                            

 Mississauga Nation of New Credit, Anishinabae

Profile forthcoming!

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April Doxtator

April Doxtator is a contemporary/traditional dancer from the Oneida of the Thames and her native name in English means “She Dances”. She was born and raised in small town, Fort Erie where she trained at the Peacock School of Dance in ballet, jazz and tap for fourteen years. She also toured Spain with the company in 2000.

Upon graduating, April pursued her passion in the Dance Performance program at George Brown College in Toronto. April has performed four times at the Aboriginal Achievement Awards, 2002 in Winnipeg, 2003 in Ottawa, 2005 in Saskatchewan and 2006 in Vancouver broadcast by CBC and Global. She also danced the premiere of Kaha:wi, a dance production by Santee Smith, in June 2004 and performed Kaha:wi excerpts in Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Manitoba and throughout Ontario. In August 2004 April made a guest appearance, dancing a solo in The New World, a major motion picture by Terrance Malick. In May of 2005 she performed the lead in The Hidden at the Banff Centre for the Arts in the Aboriginal Dance Program. August 2005 April danced the lead in Kanata, an exciting variety program televised by APTN and performed as a guest artist with the Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre 2005/2006.

April was also a dancer in the powerful dance piece Agua with Earth in Motion World Indigenous Dance in Mexico City, 2005 performed in a pool of water. April recently showcased her choreography a new work, currently in workshop stage, exploring the evolution of aboriginal culture and the beauty of expression. She performed this creation at the Art of Peace Festival 2006 and continues to develop it further.

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