A discussion of the “Wild Buffalo Bill” Show and how this approach to dance impacted the ceremonial aspect of traditional dance with Indigenous Peoples across North America. A review of the 6 core mainstream styles of dance their origins.
Facilitated by: EJ Kwandibens (Indigenous Cultural Educator)
Friday, June 18, 2021 – (2 pm – 4 pm)
EJ Kwandibens is a member of the Loon Clan and is of Northern Woodland Anishiinaabe (Ojibway) descent from the Waahbiidaahgaah (Whitesand) First Nation (1850 Treaty Region).
He has traveled across North America, learning traditional ceremonies since he was 8 years old. His traditional Elders and mentors have provided him a strong foundation. He is a Northern style traditional and grass dancer. For over 30 years, he has designed and created Indigenous traditional apparel and credits his creative skills to his mother Elsie Kwandibens, a well-respected Northern Woodland Anishiinaabe Elder. As a single parent, EJ has raised his daughter to understand the philosophies, beliefs and customs of his traditional territory.
Professionally, EJ has worked in Health & Fitness as within all streams of Social Work, including Education, Corrections, Social Services, Child Welfare, Mental Health and Advocacy.
EJ is the founder of Miino-Ayah-Dah Fitness & Nutrition Solutions, a pioneering community-health personal training and nutritionist service for the GTA Indigenous community. He served as Board Chair / President for the 2 Spirits Toronto organization for 5 years. EJ was the Specialized Cultural & Traditions Instructor at Eastview Public School, Scarborough, with the Toronto District School Board for 6 years.
He is an Indigenous Cultural Educator, Public Speaker / Facilitator and Artist. As a trained facilitator enjoys public speaking engagements and his facilitation style is influenced by Northern Woodland Anishiinaabe (Ojibway) philosophies and ways of being.