Lisa Odjig

Odawa, Ojibwe, Potawatomi Nation from Wiikwemkoong, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada. Performing with Ian Akiwenze of Chippewas of Nawash First Nation. The Traditional hoop dance is a storytelling, teaching and healing dance. The hoops create formations & designs such as trees, plants, animals, birds, and flowers. We honour life and all natural creations through song, dance, and prayer. We celebrate our culture and honour life through song and dance, as well.

Lisa is the first woman to win World Champion Hoop Dancer at the prestigious Annual Heard Museum World Championship Hoop Dance Contest in Phoenix, Arizona. She is a Two Time World Champion Hoop Dancer, along with six additional hoop dance championship titles won throughout Canada and United States in the Adult 18+ category. Lisa recently won 2 nd place at the 30th Annual Heard Museum World Championship Hoop Dance Contest in Phoenix, Arizona (February 9, 2020)–just missing out on 2020 World Champion title by-ONE point. There, Lisa was featured in VOGUE-February 2020.

Lisa has performed throughout Canada, the United States, and overseas including, Italy, France, Holland, Germany, Korea, Mexico, Israel, Palestine & Jamaica to name a few. Lisa is a former member of the North American Indian Dance Theatre. She performed at the Winter Olympic Games Closing Ceremony in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Pan American Games Closing and Opening Ceremonies for the Para Pan American Games in Toronto, Ontario. Lisa was the featured hoop dancer at the Calgary Stampede Grandstand show- five times.

She performs periodically with A Tribe Called Red and is the current Wiikwemkoong Iron Woman Fancy Dance champion, Adults 18+ category (winning years 2018 & 2019). Lisa performed for Queen Elizabeth II and was the invited hoop dancer to take part in the United Nations, Meeting of the Parties Global Climate Change Summit in Montreal, QC hosted by Environment Canada. Lisa is the featured hoop dancer in the ELLE video called the Movement, filmed in New York City.

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