by Alex Greek, Communications Assistant, Membertou Corporate Division

Agnes Gould (Aggie Baby) showing some of her work.

Agnes Gould (Aggie Baby) showing some of her work.

By no means is beading just recently catching on in popularity. The art has been around for centuries and more and more youth in Membertou have been taking up beading in recent years. Beading became popular in the seventeenth century when wool and linen replaced leather as the material of choice for Mi’kmaw garments. Lace-like designs that had been painted on leather garments by Mi’kmaw women were replaced by designs done with glass beads on.

Agnes Gould (Aggie Baby) of Membertou has been beading since she was a young girl; a time span she admits has passed into its fifth decade. Aggie was taught the art of beading from her mother, Susanne Isaac Toney Gould Pictou, who taught all seven of her children how to bead.

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