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Our Birch Bark Basket Workshop will take place on Sunday, March 24th, 2019. This workshop is led by Algonquin master birch bark craftsman Chuck Commanda from Kitigan Zibi. This provides an opportunity for all participants to experience this traditional Algonquin art hands-on, and leave with their very own birch bark basket!
Sunday, March 24th, 2019
10:00am - 4:30pm
266 Plenty Lane, Lanark, ON
Cost: $125 (plus approximately $2 processing fee)
Light refreshments will be provided, but we encourage participants to pack lunch.
Scholarships are available for Indigenous participants; please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Chuck Commanda is a master Algonquin birch bark canoe builder from the community of Kitigan Zibi. He has been building canoes since he was a child, under the guidance of his highly respected grandparents, William and Mary Commanda. He has spent the past eight years building canoes in the traditional Algonquin style as well as teaching canoe building, birch bark basket-making and snowshoe-making workshops to Indigenous and non-Indigenous children, youth, and adults. Mr. Commanda’s work not only produces beautiful pieces of art of incredible cultural, functional and artistic value, but also embodies the use of cultural arts to transmit Indigenous knowledge among peoples and between generations in the spirit of reconciliation and Indigenous community revitalization.
This workshop is part of the Ginawaydaganuc Project Series, which is supported by the Canadian Council for the Arts.
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country. - Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.