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Feature Exhibitions

No Word for Art

An exhibition featuring the creative works of Santee Smith

May 27, 2015 – September 30 2015.

Santee Smith speaking about her exhibit “No Word for Art” during the opening at MOA on June 2, 2015.

 For the Onkwehon:we the concept of art is not defined. Creative endeavours were a part of life and those who created, shared their gifts for the pleasure of all. No Word for Art is an exhibition highlighting the artistic achievements of Santee Smith, an accomplished dancer, choreographer, performer and pottery designer, and one of Six Nations finest creative artists.


Santee Tekaronhiáhkhwa Smith is a mother and multi disciplined artist from the Kenien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) Nation, Turtle Clan from Six Nations, Ontario. In 2005, she founded the internationally acclaimed Kaha:wi Dance Theatre based on her first major choreography work of the same name. Since then, her artistic endeavours have grown and have granted her numerous nominations and awards including a Canadian Aboriginal Music Award and a Dora Mavor Moore for Outstanding Choreography. As an artist, Santee commits to sharing Indigenous stories that speak about identity, humanity and relationship to the natural world. She often teaches and speaks on contemporary dance, performance, and First Nation arts and culture around Canada and the United States.

Weaving Together the Northeast

A joint exhibition between students at Huron University College and the Museum of Ontario Archaeology

June 17th- October 15th, 2015


Weaving Together the Northeast is a special exhibit curated by the students of Professor Thomas Peace from Huron University College at Western University in partnership with the Museum of Ontario Archaeology. The exhibit concentrates on the history of northeastern North America between the 16th and 17th centuries; and how the First Nations people in Southwestern Ontario connected with the broader context of Canada.

Discover this collaborative exhibition interwoven into the permanent exhibitions in the main gallery space. Students had the ability to bring their research into a feature museum exhibit by using artifacts from MOA’s collection to illustrate their work.


Weaving Together the Northeast highlights the relationship between the First Nations and the European settlers and the complex interconnectedness of the various First Nations societies by understanding the importance of First Nations history and this time period.

Incorporated in this exhibit is a section of First Nations beadwork, including pre-European contact beads and Wampum beads.  This section of the exhibit is the work of the students from Historian’s Craft from Huron University College.