Strengthening our Connections: The Four Sacred Medicines, Hide Tanning, and Birch Bark Etching
All are welcome to join us at Plenty Canada's base on this spring Saturday, May 25th and Sunday, May 26th, from 10am-4pm for a community workshop featuring three elements: Teachings on the four sacred medicines, Sweetgrass, Sage, Tobacco and Cedar; Hide Tanning; and etching images into a finished Birch Bark Canoe! We will have a light lunch provided, but invite people to bring food to share - potluck style!
We have the great fortune to learn from Elder Larry McDermott, from Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nation, and Chuck Commanda from Kitigan Zibi First Nation. They will share Algonquin ceremonies, teachings, and practices related to the four sacred medicines, Sweetgrass Sage, Tobacco and Cedar.
We are also honoured to learn from Elder Barry Sarazin from Pikwakanagan First Nation, who is an Algonquin Language Speaker, Knowledge Keeper and Drum Carrier. Barry will demonstrate Hide Tanning and share concepts in the Algonquin language relating to tanning hides, the four sacred medicines, and birch bark canoe making. He will be assisted by his wife, Jessie-Anne Sarazin who is also an Indigenous language speaker and artist.
This is a free event, open to all humans and pets.
There is no need to register.
Feel free to contact Plenty Canada to confirm your attendance or if you have any questions.
Call: (613) 278-2215, Email: Shae.Plenty@gmail.com, or Facebook message our Plenty Canada Profile page.
We hope to see you there!
This workshop is part of a year-long project that began in the Spring of 2018 and is called Ginawaydaganuk- Strengthening our Connections. "Geen-away-dag-an-uk" loosely translates to, "the interconnection of all things", an Algonquin Anishinaabeg principle. This project brings people together for workshops each month that strengthens our connections to Algonquin culture, language, and the life that it is woven around.
**Stay tuned for our last workshop of the year from mid-late June to close the year's events. This will include a pipe ceremony, Algonquin teachings, and a photo exhibition of this project's success over the past year!**
• 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.
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