AARON BELL and The White Pine Dancers
Aaron has always been an artist of some way, throughout his life. During high school, his favourite subjects were English, Art and Drama.
After being accepted to Sheridan College to Classical Animation, Aaron soon realised his talents should move into drama. After holding numerous jobs, he found work at the Woodland Cultural Centre and this is where his love of sharing the First Nations culture came to life.
After five years at Woodland Cultural Centre, Aaron, again, followed his heart and became a youth worker within the Niagara Region for two more years. His love of sharing his gifts with children of all ages began there.
Returning to Brantford, Ontario, Aaron was hired to be the curriculum designer for Kanata Native Traditional Village. Kanata Native Traditional Village was a reconstructed Iroquoian village using all traditional materials, such as corn husk mats, dolls, longhouses, dugout canoes and so on.
When Kanata Native Traditional Village closed down, Aaron began his own sole proprietorship business sharing the First Nations Culture in his own unique way, with friends and family that he has met over the past twenty five years.
White Pine Dancers was created and still operates, to this day, as First Nations Curriculum Design Company sharing within schools, festivals and events across Canada.
- 1999 Created White Pine Dancers
- 2002 Principal Storyteller, Opening Night, Toronto Festival of Storytelling, ROM
- 2002 Winner of Canadian Tourism Commissions “Best Winter Cultural Experience”, Kanata Native Traditional Village, curriculum design and implementation.
- 2003 Principal Actor, “The War That Made America”, Pittsburgh, Ohio
- 2003 Principal Narrator and Storyteller, “Ohio: One State, Many Nations” P.B.S ( distributed to all schools in Ohio State)
- 2003 Winner of “Individual Arts and Culture Award”, Brantford Ontario Shining Stars Tourism Awards
- 1999 – 2004 Kanata Native Traditional Village; Assistant Manager / curriculum designer
- 2001 White Pine Dancers performed at Pier 21, Halifax, Nova Scotia
- 2004 Guest speaker for “Mysterious Canada” speaking on Windigo
- 2005 Released first Storytelling CD “How the oceans became salty”
- 2007 Chosen as one of three storytellers to represent Ontario for TDCanadatrust Children’s Book Week and travelled to Winnipeg and various other communities within Manitoba
- Released second storytelling CD “Painted Imagination”
- 2008 White Pine Dancers were on the roster of the prestigious Prologue to the Performing Arts based out of Toronto, Ontario (three years and over 50 schools across Southern Ontario sharing dance, story and song)
- 2009 Dundurn Publishing asked Aaron to write a book. The book became “Jak’s Story” and was the bestseller for Dundurn during the fall of 2010
- White Pine Dancers performed at the prestigious Folklorama Festival, Winnipeg, Manitoba
- 2015 White Pine Dancers performed during the Olympic torch run in St. Catherines, Ontario
- White Pine Dancers performed at the Mississauga Waterfront festival for three consecutive years, gaining critical acclaim for creating understanding for First Nations Peoples.
- 2015 St. Catherines Folk Arts Festival, White Pine hosted the event, contributing vendors, performances, storytelling, drumming and teachings.
- 2016 White Pine Dancers organised and held a Village to Brantford’s International Villages festival (the first time in ten years that First Nations had been represented at the festival)
- White Pine Dancers performed for two weeks at Canada’s Wonderland and helped to reopen Ontario Place in Toronto, Canada
These are just a few of the things that Aaron Bell has shared and accomplished over the past years… he is constantly looking for new things to do and new things to explore in order to create more understanding today, so that there is less misunderstanding for all of our children in the future…
Please visit our website at www.ojibwaystoryteller.com as well as at facebook at White Pine Dancers.
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