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Barbera Kaneratonni Diabo

Originally  from the Mohawk Nation of Kahnawake, Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo now lives in Montreal. A professional dancer and choreographer performing and creating in many genres for over 25 years, she currently specializes in merging traditional First Nation’s dance with contemporary styles. Barbara takes great pride in sharing her culture with audiences and has performed across Canada and internationally – notably the Banff Centre, Alberta; Heard Museum, Arizona; 40th Anniversary Olympic Stadium, Montreal; Gathering of Nations, New Mexico;  and Prismatic Arts Festival, Halifax. Over the years, through  dance, music, storytelling, and interactive workshops, Barbara has brought her culture to  all ages, from toddlers to elders.     Photo above: Tonya Fawn


Emily Kahente Diabo

Emily Kahente Diabo is the daughter of Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo. Now 12 years old, Emily has been dancing powwow for about four years. She is also a competitive breakdancer and has won several competitions. Emily has performed at the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, the Olympic Stadium, and at various other festivals. She is the subject of a soon to be released television documentary about inspiring, young First Nation’s children. Following in her mother’s footsteps, Emily strives to inspire others, encourage cultural pride, bring people together, and increase education and communication