Synopsis

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 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.

Background

Audiences have the opportunity to understand the complexity of the War of 1812 through the experiential lens of First Nations, offering a human face to our history. All First Nations took part in the War of 1812 as sovereign Nation allies to Britain. The Honouring pays homage to their personal sacrifices and belief in what was the best for their family, community and future generations.

“You may rely on it that without the Indians we never could keep this country and that with them [on the British side] the Americans never will take the upper posts…for in the woods, where the Americans must past, one Indian is equal to three white men.”
- Canadian Militia Officer John Askin to Judge William D. Powell, Jan. 25, 1813

Credits

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, Cheri Maracle, Joshua DePerry, and Jesse Dell
Lighting Design: Alaina Perttula
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

Recorded Singers: Nikki Shawana, Sadie Buck, Gary Parker, Santee Smith
Additional Video performers: Derek Martin, Danny Vyse, Carey-Leigh Thomas, Riley Hill, Christopher Mejaki
Production Photography: David Hou

Production Sponsors

Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council and Miziwe Biik Employment & Training as well as Fort York, City of Toronto Historic Sites, Woodland Cultural Centre and Niagara 1812 Bicentennial Legacy Council.

The Honouring Accolades

“The Honouring took the audience on a heartfelt journey through war, death and grief, but always with dignified ceremony.” – Paula Citron, Globe & Mail, 2013

“[T]he evocative musical score touched the soul with its mix of native chanting and beautiful instrumental passages…” – Paula Citron, Globe & Mail, 2013

“An emotional and poignant message packaged in athletic and rhythmic dance…” – Jim Windle, Tekawennake News, 2013

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