Chief Rock The Relentless Warrior / Press

“Cayuga Nation electronic artist Chief Rock, a member of the Haudenosaunee of Six Nations, has been living and working in Vancouver for the last two years, during which time he’s been able to finish tracks like the one below. It’s a remix of the traditional Mohawk Smoke Dance; an upbeat and bass-driven remix of an already powerful powwow song. Chief Rock grew up performing – shortly after high school he joined the Kanata Native Dance Theater and then later the internationally renowned Red Thunder dance group, while maintaining an interest in BBoying. Chief Rock has also danced in music videos, including Susan Aglukhark’s One Hand Turns Another. It’s been this blend of contemporary flair and traditional knowledge that’s led Rock to create remixes like the one below. Cop it!”

“Jason Teakle BRANT NEWS Sino General says he dances to keep himself young. “I dance for my own spirit,” General, 32, said. “It keeps my spirit and my energy high. “The history of the smoke dance is about war. The dancers would challenge the drummer to faster and faster to prepare themselves.” General was one of 30 dancers performing in full regalia during the annual Smoke Dance Competition at Woodland Cultural Centre on Saturday afternoon. General, originally from Six Nations, travelled from Vancouver to participate in the competition.”