History Culture Games
At Onkwehonwe Games we offer workshops/programs where participants learn about the history and culture of the people of the Six Nations (also called Haudenosaunee) through Traditional Games. Interactive and hands-on, our approach to teaching is indigenous in its foundation. While learning about Lacrosse and other Traditional Games of the Six Nations of the Grand River, students will simultaneously be learning about and experiencing local First Nations culture. Based on the understanding that everything is interconnected our programming is interdisciplinary by nature, weaving Native Studies with Health & Physical Education, History, Geography, Social Studies & Outdoor Education.
In Kanyen'keha Onkwehonwe translates to ‘the original or first people’. The traditional way of many Onkwehonwe is to live in harmony with Mother Earth. Living in this good way requires a balance of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Games were and are still used as a way to stay healthy and connected to a persons community. Our traditional games are used to enhance individual and team skills, as well as create sportsmanship, connection and laughter.
Photos courtesy of Six Nations Tourism
Led by Dallas Squire
Kahnyen’kehàka (Mohawk), Turtle Clan from Six Nations of the Grand River, Dallas Squire owner and operator of Onkwehonwe Games is our main program facilitator. A former professional Lacrosse player Dallas has been sharing culture and games for over a decade. Creating a safe and positive environment for learning Dallas encourages participants to experience the culture through traditional games and storytelling. Over the past several years Onkwehonwe Games has been able to expand its reach across Ontario and beyond.