Community Fashion Showcase
Sep
23
to Sep 30

Community Fashion Showcase

Come and strut your stuff, or support someone else who has been a part of our fashion and creativity programs for Otahpiaaki 2017 at the Calgary City Hall Atrium. This is a fun-filled first walk down the runway for most, so be loud, bring glitter signs and whoop it up for our very newest design talents. All designs are from collaborations on "From Darkness, Light".

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Do You Believe in Magic?
Sep
21
to Sep 30

Do You Believe in Magic?

  • Mount Royal University: Main Street (map)
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One of our marquee evening performers Kiit Kiitokii brings his skills as a Master Hypnotist and magician to this afternoon workshop for youth. Showcasing his prowess in magic and the power of positive thinking, an afternoon with Kiit motivates and inspires humour and joy, leaving a lasting impression on enlightened participants. 


Kiitokii studied with Criss Angel (Mindfreak, Las Vegas) and has performed in Las Vegas, Hollywood, Los Angeles, San Diego, toured through northwest U.S. In Canada, he has toured the Northwest Territories, through Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.

General Admission: $35      |     Youth: $10

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Berries, Antlers & Hides -- Oh My!
Sep
21
to Sep 30

Berries, Antlers & Hides -- Oh My!

  • Mount Royal University: Main Street (map)
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In 2017, Indigenous designers rely on both contemporary and traditional materials and methods. Get up close and personal with Tishna Marlowe (Six Red Beads) and Braden Etzerza (Otahpiaaki) to learn more about how natural resources and gifts from the land lead to extraordinary embellishments and designs on the runway and opportunities for community development. Participants have the opportunity to complete an indigo/natural craft project. 

General Admission: $35      |     Youth: $10

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Streetwear, Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship with Section 35
Sep
20
to Sep 30

Streetwear, Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship with Section 35

  • Mount Royal University: Bissett Second Floor Atrium (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Section 35 started with an idea, a couple of friends, and a simple screen printing operation in Vancouver. Fast becoming one of the most compelling and anticipated street wear brands for youth, Justin Louis' talents for taking an idea, giving it voice, and translating it into sell-out collections is rare in a world of fast fashion. Justin shares just about everything, from his creative process, to creating iconic imagery, and fashion as a platform for truth.  

General Admission: FREE

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Michif Moss Bag Projects
Sep
20
to Sep 30

Michif Moss Bag Projects

  • Mount Royal University: Main Street (map)
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Heirloom moss bags are intended to be a cherished gift for families with new little ones.  They create the feel of the mother's body for a new born while they sleep. A Métis artisan, Jessie Fiddler-Kiss has run her moss bag project for years as a way to offer scholarships for Indigenous mothers pursuing post-secondary education. 

She will also share her knowledge of Michif beadwork and embroidery as a means personalize heirloom projects, demonstrating caring and growth during this era of reconciliation. Over the course of the session, eight moss bags will be created by the community to donate to new moms in the community. 

General Admission: $35      |     Youth: $10

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Story, Regalia and Reconciliation
Sep
19
to Sep 30

Story, Regalia and Reconciliation

  • Mount Royal University: Main Street (map)
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Brenda Lee Asp brings a variety of techniques from the Northern Tutchone First Nation in the Yukon Territories. Through materials including leather, birch bark, porcupine quill, flicker feathers, bullet casings, dentalium shells, and precious stones and metals. Participate on MRU’s first reconciliation cape, which will be featured on the final runway Saturday September 23. More than a makers workshop, participants will learn the essential protocols and processes of working with sacred materials. 

General Admission: $35      |     Youth: $10

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Beading Meditations with Trip Charbs
Sep
19
to Sep 30

Beading Meditations with Trip Charbs

  • Mount Royal University: Main Street (map)
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More than beading, a workshop with Trip Charbs is a journey of healing, resilience and sharing kind and humourous moments. Bead-by-bead, Trip will lead each participant through a small personal project of their choosing that represents one's voice, memories, and identity. The meditations sometimes include important dialogues, new knowledge, and ways to build empathy for one's self and others.  

General Admission: $35      |     Youth: $10

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Pow Wow Pretty Woman Creations
Sep
18
to Sep 30

Pow Wow Pretty Woman Creations

  • Mount Royal University: Main Street (map)
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Led by Tobi Davis Eagle Speaker (Maatsowakii -- Pretty Woman Creations) learn the contemporary practice of Powwow earring and small regalia design from the perspective of the Kainai Nation in southern Alberta. In this workshop, participants plan and design a pair of unique Powwow earrings -- whether you love Mares, Metallica, or Magnolias, each pair will a unique statement of who you are. 

General Admission: $35      |     Youth: $10

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Creative Projects: Hands-on Lunch Series (Daily)
Sep
18
to Sep 30

Creative Projects: Hands-on Lunch Series (Daily)

  • Mount Royal University: Main Street (map)
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From Darkness, Light:
(Daily: Monday-Thursday)

Using techniques borrowed from street art and mural painting, artist Jesse Gouchey (Treaty 6) will guide participants through the innovative process of oxidized t-shirt design. Starting with a basic black t-shirt, learn the basics of light, contrast, and shading before giving life to your own personal work of art. Our goal is to create 94 personal murals that illuminate the Truth and Reconciliation Council Calls to Action. Stencils will also be available for those who prefer not to use a freehand technique.  

General Admission: $35     |     Youth: $10

 

Ribbon Projects: Fire Skirts, Fire Shirts, and HBC Trade Patterns
(Daily: Monday-Thursday)

On Main Street, join Sewing Seeds Canada and Otahpiaaki designers for an opportunity to craft a ribbon skirt or shirt that will be featured at our Community Showcase on Saturday, September 23rd at 2pm at the City Hall Atrium. Suitable for Powwow and other celebrations, novices are invited to select a project inspired by the Hudson's Bay point blankets (4 colours) or, for the more advanced sewer,  a fire skirt or shirt (5 colours).

Women’s ribbon skirts are considered to be the most sacred item a woman can wear because it is her way of connecting to Mother Earth. Ribbon shirts for men are sewn together with love, when men put on their ribbon shirts, they wear them with pride. Both men ribbon shirts and women ribbon skirts are unique in design and vary from Nation to Nation from across Turtle Island.

General Admission: $35      |     Youth: $10

MMIW Red Dress Flower Project
(Daily: Monday-Thursday)

At Otahpiaaki 2016, Tishna Marlowe (Six Red Beads) led staff, students, and faculty on our first ever project to honour Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.  Join us for the continuation of the project,  by adding a flower to honour these beloved women and their families.

General Admission: FREE
 

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