Plenty Canada is having another very special community event now taking place on:
Saturday March 2nd, and Sunday March 3rd, from 9am until 3pm.
This is a free community event, so no registration is necessary. Donations are welcome.
Jim Richmond and Chuck Commanda are both Algonquin craftsmen who will be making two pairs of traditional Algonquin aagimag (snowshoes). Before the event takes place, Jim and Chuck will bend the wood pieces using boiling water to shape them for the outer base. This will take place on February 23rd and 24th, please join us!
During the Snowshoe Making Community Event, participants will have the opportunity to sew the babiish (Algonquin word for deer hide strips) through the wood base to create the snowshoes. Once they are complete, participants will also have the opportunity to try them on for a winter walk through Plenty Canada's Algonquin managed forest!
Mark your calendars now - we hope to see you there!
Below is an example of the traditional Algonquin snowshoes that we will create and the Algonquin words associated with the snowshoes' parts. This photo was found on the website of an Algonquin Language Project from Golden Lake First Nation. If interested, more information about that project can be found at the link below below:
• 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.