It’s a Demo Day at the Allan Macpherson House & Park in Napanee! On August 20th at 2pm join Indigenous artists, Tina Brant & Joy Brant in a beading workshop. Strawberries are very important in Iroquois culture. It is the first fruit to appear in rowing season. It symbolizes life, health and traditionally they are celebrated to thank the creator for giving it. Strawberries are connected to hospitality and offered when we want to welcome guests. When we eat or drink them, it rejuvenates us and strengthens our blood. Visitors who are interested in participating in the hands on workshop will be making a strawberry key adornment using traditional Iroquois raised beading techniques; the cost for the kit is $5.
Admission is free! Demo Days take place Tuesday and Thursdays in July and August under the event tent, in the gardens of the Macpherson House. For more information, call 613-354-3027.
About the Presenter:
Tsi Tyónnheht Onkwawén:na's Language and Culture month beading workshops were how I began my journey into beading and learning some of the many techniques used to achieve different designs. This April (2019) marks my one year anniversary since starting. I have been fortunate to be surrounded by many people who can teach me when I run into a dilemma with a project and Joy leads the beading group that I have been attending off and on for the year. She is very talented and I feel very lucky to have her as a mentor. Through Joy I have been introduced to raised beading, something my Kanyen'kehá:ka ancestors were known for, and I feel a deep appreciation for all the work and talent that goes into It. My hope is to one-day pass on the skills I am learning to my own children.
I grew up visiting my grandmother during the summers. Among her many skills, she beaded. I feel connected to her when I bead. I started seriously beading in 2013 and have been teaching the art since that time.