by Marlene Joudry, MMNN Contributor

Mi’kmaq Artisans of Glooscap Learn Porcupine Quill Work

It has been a busy fall and spring for the Artisans of Glooscap First Nation. Since early November 2011 until the end of March 2012 these fine Group of Artisans has been busy learning the process of gathering raw materials for making Porcupine Quill Boxes as well as Porcupine Quill & Birch bark Artwork. They also learnt how to make Leather garments and extensive Beadwork such as Leather Vests, Beaded Doilies to name a few.
The Training Program was instructed, and lead by Marlene Joudry, ( Mi’kmaq First Nation Bear River Band member) under the administion of EDO Larry Peters of Glooscap First Nation. During the twenty weeks of the program Marlene arranged to take the Group to visit the Museum of Natural History in Halifax to view and have a tour of the Ancient old Porcupine Quill Work on location there. This proved to be very beneficial for the participants as they saw how the ancient old boxes were made and also the modern contempary style we see today.
This Group of Mi’kmaq Artisans was also given the opportunity to have their products entered for jurying at the ACTS (Atlantic Craft Trade Show) which is the only Wholesale Show in Atlantic Canada. Instructor Marlene worked diligently with the Group and three that was successfully juried and was able to ...

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