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Indigenous Beadwork

with Tania Big Plume

October 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Price: $28.36

This workshop consists of traditional techniques, talks, and stories learnt from elders, with new creative ways.

There will be a variety of projects and techniques according to participants’ abilities. Beading helps with hand-eye coordination and mathematics. The repetitive action calms the mind and distractions disappear. Participants will walk away proud of their new project by learning a very old art form.

Audience: Youth (6 to 12).

Experience: No experience is necessary to participate in this workshop.

Supplies: All supplies included. Please bring your own snack and water.

Registration cost:   $ 28.36

Cancellation and Refund Policy: Please note there is a NO REFUND policy on all Leighton Art Centre workshops. A refund will only be issued to participants if the workshop is cancelled by the workshop coordinator due to insufficient enrollment, extreme weather conditions, or Covid-19 restrictions. Workshops may be cancelled prior to the start date and participants will be notified via email and/or phone, and a full refund will be processed.

Withdrawal from workshops for medical reasons must be accompanied by a doctor’s medical note or a positive COVID-19 rapid test and must be received by the Leighton workshop coordinator prior to the workshop start date to be qualified for a full refund.

Artist/ Instructor Biography:

My name is Tania Big Plume, my Native blood is Cree, Cayuga from the Turtle Clan, and Tsuut’ina. I have always lived on the Tsuut’ina Nation. At age 5 I began watching my grandmother Clara bead and I knew I wanted to follow in her path. At age 12 I began my cultural training with the elders along with beadwork. Throughout my life I have continued the art of beading and have been teaching for more than 20 years – first starting with my nieces and nephew and now offering lessons to all ages from 5 to 100. I have offered workshops at the opening of the Calgary Library, youth programs throughout Calgary, and at the Banff Buffalo Nations Museum where I teach to an international audience. In my career as a beadwork artist, I have done traditional regalia, which has inspired my work in fashion and art. I love doing my art and sharing it with others. I want to keep my ancestor’s art alive.


October 22
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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