Woodland Cultural Centre Tours and Workshops

The Woodland Cultural Centre, a museum of excellence, opens the doors to Southern Ontario’s First Nations past, present, and future.   School and Public programs, offer interested visitors the opportunity to discover Native Ontario.

Prearranged tours of the Centre’s premier collections are available through the Museum Education program.  Guided tours of the museum facility are created to fit the needs of the visitor – you decide the time, the activities, and the length of your visit.

We require a group of 10 guests minimum for a guided tour of the museum or residential school. 

Admission fees apply to all tours
$10.00 (includes Admission + 1 tour)
$3.00 for additional tour/workshop presentation
$3.00- $5.00 for crafts

All support community members receive FREE admission to the museum including: Six Nations of the Grand River, Tyendinaga & Wahta

Note: TOURS* ,SCAVENGER HUNT* and Walking Tour of INDIGENOUS PLANTS* only offered at Woodland Cultural Centre. All other workshops and presentations offered both on and off-site. Please contact tours@woodland-centre.on.ca, for off-site presentation fees and mileage costs.

GUIDED MUSEUM TOUR*

The tour of the museum gives history of the Woodland people, specifically the Six Nations (Onondaga, Mohawk, Cayuga, Oneida, Seneca, and Tuscarora), from about 600 years ago, and working up to the present day. There are many artifacts to view, and stories to hear and discuss along the way through the tour.
Grade level: All ages
Length: Approximately 1 hour


RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL TOUR*

GUIDED TOURS ONLY - MUST BE BOOKED, NO WALK-IN TOURS. The tour of the former Mohawk Institute Residential School, gives the history of the school from when it opened in 1831, until it closed in 1970. Tour guides also share some stories, and guests will get to see the different rooms in the school, from the meeting room, the girls’ and boys’ dorms, the third floor, cafeteria, and various rooms in the basement.
Grade level: 6+
Length: Approximately 1 hour


SCAVENGER HUNT*

The scavenger hunt will require the participants to journey through the museum to find the clues that lead them to puzzle pieces that will eventually when put all together, create a cultural image. Not only is this activity engaging and fun, but participants will be learning as they go.


Grade level: 2+
Length: Approximately ½ hour


We also have developed a scavenger hunt for the younger children’s groups, where they will hunt for different pieces in a sand box, examine and identify different fur pelts, and animal tracks.
Grade level: pre-K – 2
Length: Approximately ½ hour


WORKSHOPS

MUSIC AND DANCE WORKSHOP

This session will begin with a video of Haudenosaunee dances, showing people singing and dancing in full Haudenosaunee clothing. Traditional clothing will be displayed so students can see it first hand. Students will participate in 3-4 Haudenosaunee social dances and play some of the traditional instruments.
Grade level: pre-K +
Length: 40 minutes-1 hour


TRADITIONAL GAMES

One of our most popular workshops where participants will get to try some of the games that were played by the Haudenosaunee people long ago, and still played today. These might include bone and toggle, scattering sticks, bone dice, double ball (dingball), long ball, lacrosse, *Snowsnake, and *snowshoeing. (*These 2 will only be offered at the Centre and are seasonal.)
Grade level: pre-K+
Length: 1 hour


LAND CLAIMS OF THE SIX NATIONS

Participants will learn about the land claims at Six Nations of the Grand River Reserve, and some of the issues surrounding these claims. This involves a power point presentation, along with an activity that shows the depletion of Six Nations land over the years since the establishment of the Haldimand Proclamation of 1784.
Grade level: 9+
Length: 30-40 minutes
 

FIRST NATIONS STEREOTYPES AND RACISM



Presentation will focus on the stereotypes that have distorted the image of First nations people across North America. View 2 short films for discussion (For Angela – 24 min. and Not the Indian You Had In Mind – 4 min.)
Grade level: 6+
Length: 1-1.5 hours

CRAFTS

POTTERY

Participants will make either a clay pinch pot, and design the outside with Iroquois designs, or they will create clay beads, and string them together on hemp string with other coloured beads. Before contact, Iroquois people made many useful tools, pots, beads from clay and other natural sources.
Grade level: 3+
Length: 30 minutes

MINI CORN COB KEYCHAIN

Beadwork has long been a skill of many Native nations across North America. Corn has always been an important staple of the Iroquoian people’s diet, and the importance of corn will be discussed. With this craft, participants will make a corn cob keychain using beadwork techniques.
Grade level: 7+
Length: 1 hour


MINI MOCCASIN KEYCHAIN

Participants will create a mini moccasin out of leather.
Grade level: 5+
Length: 1 hour


CLAY MOCCASIN AND BEADING

Understanding the geographical history of the moccasin and the unique styles of beading and the meaning of the symbols. Participants will design a beading pattern; create a moccasin vamp out of clay and use real beads to create their design in the clay.
Grade level: 6+
Length: 1.5 hours


CLAY IROQUOIS FLAT PURSE AND BEADING

The history of the flat purse and we will look as Haudenosaunee symbols and bead style. Participants will design a beading pattern; create a flat purse out of clay and use real beads to create their design in the clay.
Grade level: 6+
Length: 1.5 hours


CREATION STORY SHADOW PUPPET PRESENTATION

The Creation Story Shadow puppets have been created and in a colourful presentation the story is told and a discussion comes afterward to help students understand the story and the importance of Mother Earth.
Grade level: 1-4
Length: 30 minutes


CREATION STORY MOBILE

The creation story is told and a mobile of images from the story are coloured and assembled to create a storyline to use in retelling the story.
Grade level: 1-4
Length: 30 minutes


A PORTRAIT OF FIRST NATIONS PEOPLE

Mix media collages are created of historical and contemporary First Nations people. Information is given in the form of bio’s and then a variety of materials are provided to create a mixed media art piece to represent the FN person that the student has gotten to know about.
Grade level: 6+
Length: 2 hours


THE PEOPLE OF THE LONGHOUSE – CLANS AND NATIONS

Story of how the Confederacy began, the 6 different Nations and the 9 Clans. Students will create a giant Hiawatha Belt out of puzzle pieces and then using cut outs of the 9 clans create a mobile in the 3 groups of Land, Water and Air.
Grade level: 3-5
Length: 1 hours


CORN AN ESSENTIAL INGREDIENT TO FIRST NATIONS CULTURE

Corn is an important staple and we will discover all of it’s uses, past and present.

Corn in Clay

Grade level: Jk- 2
Length: 30 minutes
 
Corn Husk Dolls

Grade level: 3+
Length: 1 hour
Corn Key Chains

Grade Level:5+
Length: 1.5 hours
 

 

UNDERSTANDING THE TATTOO ART OF FIRST NATIONS PEOPLE

Revealing the story behind the ink of the Hausenosaunee and other indigenous cultures, what the symbols mean and how we an honour our own beliefs using this ancient art form. Participants will create a temporary tattoo on transfer paper.
Grade level: 6+
Length: 1 hour


INDIGENOUS PLANTS OF THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE

Environmental and Cultural Art based workshop that introduces healing and food plants and their cultural importance to First Nations people. Participants will learn about some of these plants and from images provided reproduce them using water colour painting techniques. (Visitors to the Center will go on a walking tour of the centre’s grounds during Spring, Summer and Fall months to discover some of these plants growing in their natural environment.)
Grade level: 6+
Length: 1.5-2 hours


FIRST NATIONS CONTRIBUTIONS

A Power Point of First Nations aid to European settlers. First Nations food cultivation and medicines with a focus on corn and all it’s contributions past and present. Participants will make a corn husk doll.
Grade level: 3-6
Length: 1 hour
 


The Woodland Cultural Centre can accommodate groups of 25, and up to a maximum of 75 people. A group of 10 minimum for a guided tour is required. Tours are available Tuesday through Friday, year-round.  

Cancellation Policy

The Woodland Cultural Centre requires a 2-week advanced notice of cancellation or postponement for a tour. The 2-week time period is in calendar days (not business days). Failure to provide proper notice of cancellation or postponement will result in the assessment of a cancellation fee.

For more information or to schedule a tour, please contact Cheryl Red Eagle, School/Group Registrar at:


Museum Education
(519) 759-2650 ext. 230
1-866-412-2202 (toll free)
(519) 759-2445 (fax)
tours@woodland-centre.on.ca