YOUNGSTOWN – The Kaha:wi Dance Theater, one of Canada’s leading contemporary dance companies, will offer two free performances honoring First Nations warriors of the War of 1812, at dusk on June 28 and 29 at Old Fort Niagara.

The program is sponsored by the Niagara 1812 Bicentennial Legacy Council and doors open at 8 p.m. with performances getting underway after 9 p.m. No seating is provided and guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets.

The performance features Onkwehonwe families who sacrificed to protect Haudenosaunee sovereignty, culture and land. Kaha:wi Dance Theatre is known for embodying traditional culture and innovative storytelling, along with cinematic imagery. It was founded by Onkwehonwe Artistic Director and Canadian choreographer Santee Smith. Kaha:wi means “to carry” in the Mohawk language and is a traditional name for Smith’s family.

TThe performance is made possible by support from the Niagara River Greenway and the Host Community Standing Committee.