SIX NATIONS OF THE GRAND RIVER, ON – February 28, 2020- Chiefswood National Historic Site is hosting a celebration of what would have been, renowned Mohawk and English poetess, E. Pauline Johnson’s 159th birthday. Six Nations community members, along with visitors to the territory, will have a chance to take part in this educational opportunity, including a 50 minute film viewing of ‘Tekahionwake’ produced by Shelley Niro, 15 minute film viewing of ‘Moving Voice’ produced by Janet Rogers, new exhibits, guided tours and free giveaways.
“I am very excited for this event and to have the community come out to see the new exhibits and watch Tekahionwake,” Said Krysta Longboat CNHS Cultural Coordinator. “Its important to celebrate E. Pauline Johnson’s life to ensure her literary contributions to this country are not forgotten. Pauline Johnson pushed many boundaries throughout her life was able to highlight Indigenous stories and struggles through her writing and performances and my hope is that we can showcase her life and work through this celebration event for all to see,”
The Pauline Johnson Birthday celebration will take place on Tuesday March 10, 2020 from 10:00am to 7:00pm at the Chiefswood National Historic Site, 1037 Hwy 54.
Chiefswood National Historic Site offers various programming throughout their tour season from May to October including on site tours, events, curriculum based educational programs to groups, schools and visiting organizations. For more information about this event or to learn more about Chiefswood National Historic Site visit www.chiefswoodnhs.ca or call 226-387-4639.
About Chiefswood National Historic Site:
Chiefswood National Historic Site (CNHS) is the birthplace and childhood home of renowned of renowned Mohawk and English poetess, E. Pauline Johnson. The historic site features identical entrances- the South entrance faces the river to welcome Six Nations community members who arrived by canoe, and the North entrance faces the road to welcome visitors from surrounding communities who arrived by horse-drawn carriage. The two entrances are a living symbol of the shared cultures of the Johnson family. For more information please visit www.chiefswoodnhs.ca
About Chiefswood Board of Trustees:
The Chiefswood Board of Trustees is a volunteer-run not-for-profit organization with charitable status. We work to raise the profile of Chiefswood National Historic Site and the poetess Pauline Johnson. We believe that Chiefswood is an important place to share stories and conversations about Six Nations history and culture and that the beauty, love, and courage that was embodied by the Johnson family continues to this day in this magical place. Our goal is to preserve Chiefswood for the community of Six Nations and the visitors who come to learn about Pauline and her family. If you are interested in supporting the site through a donation or by joining the board, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
About Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation:
Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation (SNGRDC) manages the Six Nations’ economic interests in 20 renewable energy projects and numerous economic development opportunities, in and around the Six Nations territory. SNGRDC’s current green energy portfolio is capable of producing over 1300 MW of renewable energy through its direct or indirect involvement in seven solar, 13 wind project(s). SNGRDC is located on the Six Nations Reserve and directly employs over 140 employees through Nation Enterprise or the administration of Economic Interests projects. For more information please visit www.sndevcorp.ca