Keepers of the Eastern Door, Mohawk Singers and Dancers, come from Kahnawake a community along the south shore of the St. Lawrence River. The population of the territory is 7000 Mohawk people. The dance troupe consists of 31 of the best singers and dancers in the community.
We focus on dances that are rich in the heritage of our people. The songs and dances are authentic and traditional to us. Our performances are an expression of who we are, based on the social, seasonal and spiritual songs and dances that we do. We are able to share our culture with audiences from all over the world.
Singing and dance play an important part of our lives. They are vital to occasions celebrating or validating life passages to communicate with nature and the spirits, to teach, tell stories and to entertain. The Mohawk people of today reaffirm their ties to a living history, through song and dance that was created by our ancestors centuries ago. Through this medium our culture and heritage will be passed down through generation to generation to ensure our existence in history.
1- Welcome Dance, a dance to welcome all people
2- Friendship Dance, to bring together cultures in harmony
3- Women's Corn Shuffle Dance, done by women to bless the corn seed to ensure prosperty for harvest time
4- Alligator Dance, to keep the alligators away
5- Smoke Dance, a friendly competition dance
6- Duck Dance, a fun participation dance
7- Round Dance, a unity representing the circle of life
8- Stomp Dance, a commemoration dance of the hunt that brings food to the people