Native American Experience

Native American Experience

Native American Workshops for Schools, Community Events, Holiday Camps and Teambuilding.

Learn Traditional Songs, Stories, Drumming, Traditional Crafts and Cultural Practices. Experience these workshops indoors, outside or in one of our Sioux-style Tipis.

(Why not become a tribe for the day? See below to find out what this means)

Native American Activities:
(All of these activities are created with a focus on full participation)

Drumming

  • Authentic traditional drumming.
  • Drum along to chants and songs.
  • Everyone gets an instrument to play.
  • Great fun; educational; lively and powerful; peaceful and transporting.

Songs and Dances

  • Traditional ‘Pow Wow’ and gathering songs.
  • Clan Songs – Wolf, Bear, Crow and more.
  • Sung in the language of the Seneca – some of the songs are 3,000 years old.
  • The ‘Alligator Dance’ is a big hit with everyone.

Crafts

  • ‘Talking Sticks’ – Used for turn-taking and sharing in council and social settings. Decorated with colours and objects that relate to important aspects of your life, family, community and the wider world.
  • Dreamcatchers – For individuals, class or school.
  • Medicine Shields.

Storytelling

  • Interactive storytelling.
  • Traditional stories with valuable lessons.
  • We don’t just tell the stories, the whole group makes the stories come to life (with acting, dancing and drumming)

Tipi

  • We have traditional Sioux style Tipis that can be used for some or all of the activities.
  • A great place to drum, sing and tell stories (you can help us put it up as well if you wish).
  • Can be hired for the whole week.

Kaya Rhythm & Arts are proud to have trained and worked with the Wolf Clan Teaching Lodge and Seneca Indian Historical Society; a non-profit educational institution which is dedicated to preserving and disseminating the teachings of the Seneca Indians.

 

The Iroquois, also known as the Haudenosaunee, or “People of the Longhouse”, are an association of several tribes of indigenous people in North America. After the Iroquoian-speaking peoples of present day central and upstate New York coalesced as distinct tribes, by the 16th century or earlier, they came together in an association known today as the Iroquois League, or the “League of Peace and Power”. The original Iroquois League was often known as the Five Nations, as it was composed of the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga and Seneca nations.

Specialists in Native American workshops since 1994, Kaya are acknowledged as an authority in their field and are the only drumming company in the UK who offer Native American workshops with a direct link to genuine teaching.

Become a tribe for the day

  • Gain an insight into Native American way of life.
  • Participate in traditional Drumming, Singing, Dance, Craft and Storytelling.
  • Discuss different tribes and the Animal Clans within each tribe.
  • Re-tell a traditional folk story.
  • Join a clan and learn the Clan Song.
  • Make Talking Sticks, Medicine Shields or Dream Catchers – We also discuss traditional crafts, what they are used for and what different colours, patterns and designs mean.
  • Each ‘Clan’ can create a dance to go with their Clan Song.
  • Finish all together, as one, with a final song (and drumming of course).
  • We can also end with a showcase to parents, friends or any other audience.

NB:- The order of activities can be changed or adapted very easily, if needed.

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