Hotinoshoni (People of the Longhouse) Music Workshop

Artist:  Ms. Niko Lee Daniels (Kal<na>kehtskwas) 

Email:  nikoleedaniels@gmail.comniko daniels

About the Artist
Niko Lee Daniels, who also goes by the name “Kal<na>kehtskwas,” grew up in Oneida, Wisconsin.  She is a member of the Bear clan of the Oneida Nation.  Since a little girl, Niko Lee has taken on the teachings passed down by several teachers and mentors from her community. She holds a Wisconsin Indian Language and Indian History & Culture license, taught at Oneida Nation Schools for 22 years, and has experience teaching PK-12th grade students. 

Niko Lee has had the honor of collaborating with the Oneida Arts Director, Beth Bashara, to create MOC (Music of Our Cultures), a grant funded singing choir through the Wisconsin Arts Board.  The mission of the MOC program is to unite Oneida and other children through the power of music, thus, preserving and prospering the rich and prideful heritage of the Hotinoshoni. Since the fall of 2016, Niko Lee has been an Artist in Residence at the Indian Community School in Milwaukee. She’s had the pleasure of teaching students from several First
Nations and to name a few,  Ojibwa, Menominee, Muskogee Cree, Ho Chunk, and Oneida.

4-Day Residency
Students will learn a few earth dances.  They will learn the format of the song, how to use the instruments, dance steps, and be able to perform these dances independently.

Full Day Workshop
Students will work with the artist to learn three plus verses of an earth dance.  The group will experience the opportunity to sing and dance together in a social dance simulation. 

Classroom Performance
The artist will hold one 30-45 minute performance.  In the performance she will teach the basics of a selection of earth dances.  Students will be interacting minimally. 

Assembly/Large Performance
The artist will assemble a group of performers to perform 30-45 minutes of Hotinoshoni earth dances.  Students will have the opportunity to practice the art of listening to the Oneida language speeches, and the history and origin of the Hotinoshoni earth dances.  They will also have the opportunity to sing and/or dance along. 

SEEDS Artist Rates
4-Day Residency (4-full days, 5 hours min. each day) $1,500.00
Full Day Workshops Rate (5 hours min.) $400.00 $400.00
Classroom Performance (45-90 min., 50+ students) $150.00
Assembly/Large Group Performance (45-90 min., 200+ students) $500.00
2nd Assembly/Large Group Performance (back-to-back, 45-90 min., 200+ students) $150.00
Teacher In-Service Program $500.00
*Can apply for performance(s) or residency, but not both.

Cost to School/Non-Profit Organization
1. Any negotiated amount exceeding SEEDS grant eligible rate.
2. Mileage
3. Supplies
4. Lodging, if needed

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