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(Photo: 2015 Setsuné Hide Tanning Workshop)
WHO CAN GO TO THE WORKSHOP?
EVERYONE! Come learn, create and network! Space is limited, please sign up early. Click the “add to cart” button at the top of this page to register. You can add multiple workshops to your cart before checking out.
There are full sponsorships available for young, self-identified Indigenous women and mothers (16-35), which includes full access to the workshop plus TTC transit fare. You will be required to provide a refundable deposit to hold your sponsored spot. Email us:
The hide-tanning workshop is an unforgettable, rare experience in the city. We will be working through the process of fleshing, scraping, preparing and tanning deer hides in the traditional James Bay way, learning both about the process itself and about the traditions and histories surrounding the practice. This is a long, laborious, messy, stinky process, filled with hard work, but also filled with children laughing, stories about our grandmothers, songs and drums, good food, and invaluable lessons. This workshop will take place over four days, culminating in the final smoking of the hides.
Hide Tanning I: Fleshing the Hides
Hide Tanning II: Stretching the Hides on Frames
Hide Tanning III: Plucking and Stretching the Hides
Hide Tanning IV: Stretching and Smoking the Hides
FACILITATOR: Rosary Spence
Designing and creating clothing and intricately beaded jewelry has been a lifelong interest and passion for Spence. Her first entrepreneurial experience was selling hand beaded necklaces, bracelets, and earrings from her grandmother’s kitchen table, she was 6 years old. Spence’s grandmother, Fabiola Spence, has played a major role in her skills, technique, and drive to continue and follow tradition. Spence’s strong Cree heritage is evident in her creative process, style, and colour schemes. Her innovative spirit brings her to experiment with various styles and incorporates many elements into her creative process.