Reclaiming Cultural Identity
is a program supporting Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe communities in expressing, preserving, developing and reclaiming their identity by promoting their culture, language and heritage.
The foundation of this Niagara Falls Museums & Niagara Regional Native Centre initiative was a series of workshops and social events designed to encourage and enable the participation of the local Indigenous communities together with members of the non-Indigenous population.
Phase 2 of this project was turned down for funding, however, both Niagara Falls Museums and NRNC plan on continuing this partnership and seeking ways to continue the work started in 2017.
In partnership with the Niagara Regional Native Centre the museum presented workshops and talks on Wampum Belts, Indigenous Beadwork in Niagara and Creation Stories. Led by Rick Hill (Beaver Clan of the Tuscarora Nation) experts shared their wisdom and skill, and attendees participated in creating lasting items.
OCTOBER 7, 2017: WOVEN WORDS – THE MEANING OF WAMPUM BELTS
OCTOBER 28, 2017: NIAGARA BEADWORK, THEN AND NOW
NOVEMBER 18, 2017: CREATION STORY REVISITED: INDIGENOUS ARTISTS REFLECT CREATION TEACHING
MARCH 24, 2018: DRUM AND RATTLE-MAKING WORKSHOPS
These program is for Indigenous and non-Indigenous attendees, and for people of all ages. Special programming was also arranged for children in attendance.
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