Watch history come to life! A site-specific multi-disciplinary performance The Honouring pays homage to First Nations warriors of the War of 1812, featuring Onkwehonwe families who sacrificed to protect Haudenosaunee sovereignty, culture and land.
The Honouring is commissioned by the City of Toronto, Museum Services as part of the Indigenous Arts Festival at Fort York, Woodland Cultural Centre Creation Residency and Niagara 1812 Bicentennial Legacy Council.The World Premiere performance, took place at Toronto’s historic Fort York on June 20-22, 2013 followed by performances at the Woodland Cultural Centre on June 25-26 and Fort Erie on June 29-30.
The Honouring is commissioned by the City of Toronto, Museum Services as part of the Indigenous Arts Festival at Fort York, Woodland Cultural Centre Creation Residency and Niagara 1812 Bicentennial Legacy Council.
Artistic Direction/Choreographer/Concept/Songwriter/Performer: Santee Smith
Artists: Santee Smith, Emily Law, Michael Demski, Nimkii Osawamick, Alex Twin, Jacob Pratt, Garret C. Smith and Cheri Maracle
Video Design/Technical Direction: Andrew Moro, Video and Technical Assistant: Ashley Bomberry, Additional Props and Design: Steve Smith, Santee Smith, Elaine Redding
Musical Production: Creative Producer: Santee Smith, Composer/Arrangement: Lou Pomanti, Additional Composition: Adrian Harjo, Commissioned Songwriters: Jennifer Kreisberg, George Buck
Through whimsical music, dance and storytelling, Medicine Bear weaves two traditional Onkwehonwe (Iroquoian) stories into one magical narrative: how the Bear Clan came to be known as the “Keeper of the Medicines” and the hunter who discovered the gift of healing. Following oral tradition practices, Medicine Bear teaches virtues of compassion, thankfulness and respect for elders and environment in a way that is playful and thought provoking for young and family audiences.
Co-production Kaha:wi Dance Theatre and Woodland Cultural Centre
Artistic Director/Choreographer/Writer: Santee Smith
Composer: Donald Quan, Production Designer (Video/Lighting/Set): Andy Moro, Costume/Prop Designer: Gabriella Caruso, Singer/Songwriters: ElizaBeth Hill, Cam Hill, Santee Smith, Musician: David R. Maracle, Singer: Noelle Maracle, Voice-over: Semiah Smith, Frank Miller, Musical Engineer: Gary Honess
Video performers: Emily Law, Mariana Medellin-Meinke, Michael Caldwell, Semiah Smith, Danny Vyse, Santee Smith