Star People, Star Trek: Sun Catcher Time Travel with The Sparkling Buffalo (SOLD OUT)
Oct
26
12:00 PM12:00

Star People, Star Trek: Sun Catcher Time Travel with The Sparkling Buffalo (SOLD OUT)

Presented in partnership with Esker Foundation in response to the work of Jeffrey Gibson in the exhibition Time Carriers on view at Esker Foundation, 28 September- 20 December 2019.

In this workshop, The Sparkling Buffalo will share their work in the science fiction and Indigenous futurities realm, and one of their beading techniques. Perfect for beginners, participants will create a small beaded sun-catcher and learn about Cree connections to the Star People.

The Sparkling Buffalo is mother-daughter duo Sarah and Chrystal Buffalo, multidisciplinary artists from Maskwacis, Samson Cree First Nation. They combine semi-precious stones with traditional beadwork, seamlessly integrating designs into Indigenized futuristic realities. For more information, visit: https://www.thesparklingbuffalo.com/

Workshop location: Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE, 4th floor, Inglewood)

Registration essential (October 2nd, 2019 at 11am):  

https://eskerfoundationsparklingbuffalo19.eventbrite.ca

View Event →
Mekinawewin, to give a gift:  Story Exchange and Paper-Making with Tamara Lee-Anne Cardinal     (SOLD OUT)
Nov
2
1:00 PM13:00

Mekinawewin, to give a gift: Story Exchange and Paper-Making with Tamara Lee-Anne Cardinal (SOLD OUT)

Presented in partnership with Esker Foundation in response to the work of Jeffrey Gibson in the exhibition Time Carriers on view at Esker Foundation, 28 September- 20 December 2019.

Mekinawewin, to give a gift is rooted in a circular gesture of exchange. It is an invitation into relationship, as a guest to Treaty 7, and an introduction into the deep humility of belonging. Cardinal offers her third instalment of this generative project through a process made and shaped by many hands. As a result of stories told aloud, mixtures of water and botanical pulp collide and reconfigure themselves as paper sheets where these stories reappear.

Participants will be invited to contribute creations generated in this workshop to the exhibition of Mekinawewin, to give a gift, presented by Otahpiaaki at the Central Library, 3rd Floor, from 4-9 November 2019.

Tamara Lee-Anne Cardinal is a multi-media artist and community activist who traces her ancestral roots back to the Saddle Lake Cree Nation and the once-German occupied lands of Ukraine. For more information visit: www.tamaraleeannecardinal.com

Workshop location: Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE, 4th floor, Inglewood)

Registration essential (October 2nd, 2019 at 11am): https://eskerfoundationtamaracardinal19.eventbrite.ca

Exhibition: The Calgary Central Library, 3rd Floor. 800 3 St SE, Calgary. November 5th - 30th, 2019.

View Event →
Steep, Sip, Speak: Applied Beading Workshop with Catherine Blackburn (SOLD OUT)
Nov
3
11:00 AM11:00

Steep, Sip, Speak: Applied Beading Workshop with Catherine Blackburn (SOLD OUT)

Presented in partnership with Esker Foundation in response to the work of Jeffrey Gibson in the exhibition Time Carriers on view at Esker Foundation, 28 September- 20 December 2019.

Blackburn will lead an applied beading workshop inspired by her series Aboriginal Classics, that explores themes of identity, language, and story. Through a guided exploratory self-reflection process, participants will uncover powerful symbolism, which will be transformed into a pattern and applied to an unconventional medium: a teabag becomes the vessel.

Recommended for intermediate beaders. Beginner beaders who would like to prepare can visit and practice several small projects at Contour Beading 101. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkogKzJ5_KE in advance of the workshop for instructions on fundamentals.

Catherine Blackburn is a multi-disciplinary artist and jeweller whose practice speaks to the complexities of memory, family, history and identity, creating a dialogue between traditional art forms and contemporary interpretations. Blackburn was born in Patuanak, Saskatchewan of Dene and European ancestry, and is a member of the English River First Nation. For more information, visit: https://www.catherineblackburn.com/aboriginal-classics

Workshop location: Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE, 4th floor, Inglewood)

Registration essential (October 2nd, 2019 at 11am): https://eskerfoundationcatherineblackburn119.eventbrite.ca

View Event →
Mekinawewin, to give a gift: Exhibition at The Calgary Central Library
Nov
5
to Nov 30

Mekinawewin, to give a gift: Exhibition at The Calgary Central Library

Presented in partnership with Esker Foundation in response to the work of Jeffrey Gibson in the exhibition Time Carriers on view at Esker Foundation, 28 September- 20 December 2019.

Mekinawewin, to give a gift is rooted in a circular gesture of exchange. It is an invitation into relationship, as a guest to Treaty 7, and an introduction into the deep humility of belonging. Cardinal offers her third instalment of this generative project through a process made and shaped by many hands. As a result of stories told aloud, mixtures of water and botanical pulp collide and reconfigure themselves as paper sheets where these stories reappear.

This exhibition was co-created by participants who contributed creations generated at the November 2nd workshop.

Tamara Lee-Anne Cardinal is a multi-media artist and community activist who traces her ancestral roots back to the Saddle Lake Cree Nation and the once-German occupied lands of Ukraine. For more information visit: www.tamaraleeannecardinal.com

View Event →
Steep, Sip, Speak: Applied Beading Workshop with Catherine Blackburn (SOLD OUT)
Nov
5
6:00 PM18:00

Steep, Sip, Speak: Applied Beading Workshop with Catherine Blackburn (SOLD OUT)

Presented in partnership with Esker Foundation in response to the work of Jeffrey Gibson in the exhibition Time Carriers on view at Esker Foundation, 28 September- 20 December 2019.

Blackburn will lead an applied beading workshop inspired by her series Aboriginal Classics, that explores themes of identity, language, and story. Through a guided exploratory self-reflection process, participants will uncover powerful symbolism, which will be transformed into a pattern and applied to an unconventional medium: a teabag becomes the vessel.

Recommended for intermediate beaders. Beginner beaders who would like to participate can visit and prepare several small projects at Contour Beading 101. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkogKzJ5_KE in advance of the workshop for instructions on fundamentals.

Catherine Blackburn is a multi-disciplinary artist and jeweller whose practice speaks to the complexities of memory, family, history and identity, creating a dialogue between traditional art forms and contemporary interpretations. Blackburn was born in Patuanak, Saskatchewan of Dene and European ancestry, and is a member of the English River First Nation. For more information, visit: https://www.catherineblackburn.com/aboriginal-classics

Workshop location: Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE, 4th floor, Inglewood)

Reserve your seat (October 2nd, 2019 at 11:00am): https://eskerfoundationcatherineblackburn219.eventbrite.ca

View Event →
The Place Where the Trails Meet: Beading and Storywork with Jaymie Campbell @MRU Makerspace
Nov
6
10:00 AM10:00

The Place Where the Trails Meet: Beading and Storywork with Jaymie Campbell @MRU Makerspace

Inspired by the work of Jeffrey Gibson in the exhibition Time Carriers on view at Esker Foundation, 28 September- 20 December 2019.

In this workshop Campbell will lead participants in a creative exploration of their connections to culture, identity, land, community place and customs. Using beadwork and storywork design principles, participants will produce two identical small-scale personal designs: one to take home, and one to contribute to a larger sculptural community project.

Participants will be invited to contribute creations generated in this workshop to the exhibition of The Place Where the Trails Meet, presented at the Otahpiaaki Showcase Saturday November 9th.

Jaymie Campbell is an accomplished Anishinaabe/Curve Lake First Nation beader and fashion designer. In 2015 Jaymie launched White Otter Design Co., which incorporates her love of traditional artistry with contemporary fashion. For more information, visit: https://www.nativebusinessmag.com/heres-how-jaymie-campbell-grew-white-otter-design-co-from-passion-project-to-profitable-business-garnering-red-carpet-placement/

Workshop locations:

Mount Royal University Maker Space (Nov. 6)

Free. RSVP Required. Click here to register.

Central Library Maker Space (Nov. 8)

View Event →
(POSTPONED TO 2020) Indigitalized Métis Sash Making with Jon Corbett
Nov
6
10:00 AM10:00

(POSTPONED TO 2020) Indigitalized Métis Sash Making with Jon Corbett

Inspired by the work of Jeffrey Gibson in the exhibition Time Carriers on view at Esker Foundation, 28 September- 20 December 2019.

In this workshop participants will work with Corbett’s new App to pattern and weave an important part of their own story, designing a Métis style digital sash. Sashes may be printed in two-dimensions, or participants may begin to weave their sash in three-dimensions.

Jon Corbett is a contemporary Indigenous (Cree, Saulteaux and Métis) multi-media artist whose practice explores Indigenous forms of expression that were unavailable to him due to his grandmother’s assimilation to a homogenized Canadian ideal. Using code, he stitches together traditional Métis beading practice to create digital beaded portraits of four generations of his family. For more information visit: https://www.si.edu/newsdesk/photos/transformer-jon-corbett and

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/288839868_INDIGITALIZED_traditional_Metis_artistic_expression_in_contemporary_media_art

Workshop locations:

Mount Royal University Maker Space (Nov. 6 & 7)

Central Library Maker Space (Nov. 9)

View Event →
Marks of Resistance: Indigenous Embroidery with Carola Jones @MRU Maker Space
Nov
7
10:00 AM10:00

Marks of Resistance: Indigenous Embroidery with Carola Jones @MRU Maker Space

Inspired by the work of Jeffrey Gibson in the exhibition Time Carriers on view at Esker Foundation, 28 September- 20 December 2019.

What does visual sovereignty look like? Discover the healing therapy of indigenous embroidery and develop your personal marks of resistance. In this gather and make workshop we will repurpose either a tee-shirt or garment that participants bring from home into an embellished celebration of visual sovereignty telling your unique story. Practicing Poo’miikapii in a supportive women’s circle we will stitch your unique visual vocabulary. Our goal is to use indigenous designs and color combinations in a variety of threads, glass beads, ribbons and fabrics to embellish garments using traditional embroidery and applique techniques.

Participants are encouraged to bring memory objects from home such as old lace, buttons, seashells and dried plant fibers. Also bring a cotton t-shirt or stretch of fabric. No prior sewing or hand embroidery skills are needed, as we will be using basic hand stitches. A variety of samples on garments, patches for jackets, bandolier bags and pouches will be provided for inspiration.

Carola Jones (Algonquin Deer Clan, North Carolina Toisnot Tuscarora, SC Edisto/Gullah, Florida Seminole) is an art, design and technology teacher and artist, writer, visual storyteller and Pow Wow dance with a passion for modern quilting. Her work explores concepts of place and memory by sharing stories and traditions associated with the textiles of her people connected to the black sandy soil made famous by fluke cured tobacco, indigo and cotton. For more information visit: https://www.indigofibershed.com/

Workshop locations:

Mount Royal University Maker Space (Nov. 7 )

Free. RSVP Required. Click here to register.

Central Library Maker Space (Nov. 9)

View Event →
The Place Where the Trails Meet: Beading and Storywork with Jaymie Campbell @Central Library Maker Space
Nov
8
12:00 PM12:00

The Place Where the Trails Meet: Beading and Storywork with Jaymie Campbell @Central Library Maker Space

Inspired by the work of Jeffrey Gibson in the exhibition Time Carriers on view at Esker Foundation, 28 September- 20 December 2019.

In this workshop Campbell will lead participants in a creative exploration of their connections to culture, identity, land, community place and customs. Using beadwork and storywork design principles, participants will produce two identical small-scale personal designs: one to take home, and one to contribute to a larger sculptural community project.

Participants will be invited to contribute creations generated in this workshop to the exhibition of The Place Where the Trails Meet, presented at the Otahpiaaki Showcase Saturday November 9th.

Jaymie Campbell is an accomplished Anishinaabe/Curve Lake First Nation beader and fashion designer. In 2015 Jaymie launched White Otter Design Co., which incorporates her love of traditional artistry with contemporary fashion.

For more information, visit: https://www.nativebusinessmag.com/heres-how-jaymie-campbell-grew-white-otter-design-co-from-passion-project-to-profitable-business-garnering-red-carpet-placement/

Workshop location:

Central Library Maker Space (Nov. 8). RSVP Required. Click here to Register!

View Event →
Trauma as a Barrier to Entrepreneurship: The Language of Shame, Guilt & Empathy
Nov
9
9:00 AM09:00

Trauma as a Barrier to Entrepreneurship: The Language of Shame, Guilt & Empathy

In addition to our community runways and workshops, Otahpiaaki works year round on important related research that generates new knowledge impactful to Indigenous creatives and communities. Undergrad researcher (Policy Studies) and co-founder of Otahpiaaki, Spirit River Striped Wolf dives deep into how trauma is a barrier for, not only entrepreneurship, but for Indigenous economic growth as a whole.

In the year of Indigenous Languages, Spirit sheds light on a language that is common in Indigenous communities but isn't talked about at all. Shame. Spirit explores the language of unworthiness, it's connection to assimilation and cultural genocide, and a path to decolonizing this language and returning to the traditional Indigenous language of empathy, one of the major casualties of Indigenous identity during the assimilation process.

Spirit River's workshop for Indigenous Entrepreneurs (either prospectively or currently) is based on his award winning paper titled "Shame and Distrust as Obstacles for Indigenous Economic Development: A Path to Addressing the Ongoing Genocide of Indigenous Peoples”.

This workshop is free and open to self identifying First Nation, Metis, Inuit and Native American people and likeminded non-Indigenous friends and colleagues. Join us for coffee and pastries.

Workshop location: Calgary Central Library. RSVP Required. Click here to Register!

Please visit Spirit River's website at https://stripedwolf.ca/ for more information on Spirit and his other projects.

View Event →
Community Dialogue. Traditional Cultural Expressions (TCE) & Indigenous Legal Orders: Protecting Visual Sovereignty, Design, Story & Language in Decolonizing Cultures
Nov
9
10:30 AM10:30

Community Dialogue. Traditional Cultural Expressions (TCE) & Indigenous Legal Orders: Protecting Visual Sovereignty, Design, Story & Language in Decolonizing Cultures

For three years, the Otahpiaaki program of research at Mount Royal University has proposed a seed-to-runway model for Indigenous designers and creatives, whereby they might exercise sovereignty over ideation, creative practice, materials, material knowledge, and products of traditional and contemporary creative and produced work according to Nation specific traditions and prerogatives.

A framework anchored to Indigenous Orders has emerged from our work, guided by ancestral knowing, living experience, and Indigenous scholarship... all designed to ensure Indigenous futurity.

This community dialogue will:

Introduce the concept of Indigenous Legal Orders and activities occurring in decolonizing law and legal education in Canada and beyond

Describe the needs and the experiences of Indigenous Creatives Jared Yazzie and Justin Louis as designers protecting traditional cultural expression through their collections;

Present the Otahpiaaki Law Keepers lessons, model, and the Blackfoot teachings beneath them.

We will then facilitate a community dialogue and gather thoughts on the presentation and model before we take it forward to further action.

Jared Yazzie (OXDX)

Justin Louis (Section 35)

Rachel Snow (J.D.)

Carol Buffalo (B.A., L.L.B)

Taryn Hamilton (B.A. Justice Studies (MRU), Facilitator)

RSVP Required. Click here to Register!

View Event →
Marks of Resistance: Indigenous Embroidery with Carola Jones @Central Library Maker Space
Nov
9
12:00 PM12:00

Marks of Resistance: Indigenous Embroidery with Carola Jones @Central Library Maker Space

Inspired by the work of Jeffrey Gibson in the exhibition Time Carriers on view at Esker Foundation, 28 September- 20 December 2019.

What does visual sovereignty look like? Discover the healing therapy of indigenous embroidery and develop your personal marks of resistance. In this gather and make workshop we will repurpose either a tee-shirt or garment that participants bring from home into an embellished celebration of visual sovereignty telling your unique story. Practicing Poo’miikapii in a supportive women’s circle we will stitch your unique visual vocabulary. Our goal is to use indigenous designs and color combinations in a variety of threads, glass beads, ribbons and fabrics to embellish garments using traditional embroidery and applique techniques.

Participants are encouraged to bring memory objects from home such as old lace, buttons, seashells and dried plant fibers. Also bring a cotton t-shirt or stretch of fabric. No prior sewing or hand embroidery skills are needed, as we will be using basic hand stitches. A variety of samples on garments, patches for jackets, bandolier bags and pouches will be provided for inspiration.

Carola Jones (Algonquin Deer Clan, North Carolina Toisnot Tuscarora, SC Edisto/Gullah, Florida Seminole) is an art, design and technology teacher and artist, writer, visual storyteller and Pow Wow dance with a passion for modern quilting. Her work explores concepts of place and memory by sharing stories and traditions associated with the textiles of her people connected to the black sandy soil made famous by fluke cured tobacco, indigo and cotton. For more information visit: https://www.indigofibershed.com/

Workshop locations:

Central Library Maker Space (Nov. 9). RSVP Required. Click here to Register!

View Event →
Hoop Dance with Sandra Lamouche
Dec
7
1:00 PM13:00

Hoop Dance with Sandra Lamouche

Presented in partnership with Esker Foundation in response to the work of Jeffrey Gibson in the exhibition Time Carriers on view at Esker Foundation, 28 September- 20 December 2019.

Join hoop dancer Sandra Lamouche for a dance demonstration, storytelling performance and workshop where she will share the origins and history of indigenous hoop dance. Participants will have the opportunity to make their own hoop, learn the basics, and collaborate in creating a team hoop dance.

Sandra Lamouche has over fifteen years of experience in ten international styles of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, contemporary, hip hop and powwow styles, and the hoop dance. She has worked with Indigenous choreographers, artists and dancers from around the world. Her practice is informed by the belief that performance can be used as a way to create spiritual, physical, emotional and mental well-being.

Lamouche is a Nehiyaw Iskwew (Cree Woman) from the Bigstone Cree Nation in Northern Alberta and married into the Piikani Nation in Southern Alberta. She received her B.A. in Native American Studies from the University of Lethbridge in 2007, and is currently completing her Master of Arts in Indigenous Studies from Trent University.

Registration Essential (November 6th, 2019 at 11am):
https://eskerfoundationsandralamouche19.eventbrite.ca


View Event →