Breanna Little will teach the practice of Huichol beaded medallions. The Huichol people are from central Mexico and are known for their psychedelic coloured folk art. Traditionally, they used materials such as clay, stone and vegetable dyes. Even though they now use materials brought by the Europeans, like beads and chemical dyes, they continue to use traditional motifs and designs within their work.
Breanna Little is Oji-Cree from Garden Hill, Manitoba. Little started beading and leatherwork a few years ago, and since then she has been teaching herself a variety of techniques. She has a growing interest in exploring Indigenous crafts from North and South America, with a particular interest in beading. Little brings traditional practices into her contemporary life through craft, cooking and healing techniques and shares these practices with the youth she works with. She currently is working as Drop-in Program Coordinator at the Ndinawe Youth Resource Centre.
Free, monthly Crafternoons are back, featuring instruction by North American Indigenous and New Canadian women artists. Each workshop will provide a cultural context to help you understand how and why the craft developed. Traditional material practices have had origins both spiritual and material, and many have histories that are thousands of years old.
Crafternoons are held on the second Saturday of each month and everyone, of all ages and skill levels, are welcome. Plus, materials, childminding and snacks are provided free of charge! Because these techniques take time, we ask that you plan on attending for the duration (1-4 pm).
MAWA thanks the partners and funders who have made this program possible: Neechi Commons, Manitoba Community Services Council, Assiniboine Credit Union, Thomas Sill Foundation and The Winnipeg Foundation.