Many gifts come from the land; the caribou is one such gift.

A common practice among Indigenous peoples is that nothing was wasted. Caribou were and still are highly valued as a nutritious food source. Antlers and bones are harvested to make tools and sinew is used to sew prized winter hides into various articles of warm clothing. Even their hair is utilized to decorate and adorn footwear, mitts, gloves, and clothing through an art practice known as tufting.

Caribou hair tufting shows pride in traditional arts and helps keep alive cultural connections to people and land. Students will create their own faux Caribou tufting art piece that resembles traditional caribou hair tufting.

Learning outcomes:

Students will:

  • Learn why it is so important to respectfully gather natural materials from the land so as not to destroy nature’s balance and bring about the potential extinction of a species. Wherever possible students use man-made, recycled, or reused materials to create their art piece.

Curriculum Links:

  • First Nations, Métis and Inuit: Indigenous identities, connections, expressions, preservation, protocol, Elder and Knowledge Keeper oral histories and land-based learning.
  • Art: Develop realistic treatments and refine forms.
  • Social: Belonging and Connecting, Canada’s Dynamic Communities
  • Science: Colours, Animals, Seasons
  • Math: Pattern, repetition, and symmetry

In-School Field Trip:

Due to the amount of supplies required for our Indigenous Visual Art programs, we require you to book two or three classes of the same program on the same day.

Kindly email or call 780 459 1163 for more information regarding booking an in-school field trip.

Preparation for In-School Field Trip:

We require a large room with paper-covered tables and access to a sink for the whole day if offering more than one in-school field trip in a day.  Your instructor will arrive 30 minutes early to set up the room and prepare for the field trip start time indicated on your confirmation letter.  Parent volunteers are required to assist instructors with handing out supplies and clean up.

In-School Fees:

  • $9 per student (minimum class fee based on 16 students)
  • Added travel fee of $65 for St. Albert and $95 for Edmonton (Please request a quote for all outlying areas)

Studio Fees:

  • $9 per student (minimum class fee based on 16 students)


We’ll send an invoice to your school within one month—please don’t bring your payment to the workshop.

Please make cheques payable to Arts and Heritage St. Albert. Include invoice numbers and mail to:
Arts and Heritage St. Albert, Suite #200
20 Perron Street
St. Albert, AB  T8N 1E4

For account inquiries, contact us at 780-459-1163 or

Information and Policies


Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3

Curriculum Link

Art, Creative Expression, First Nations, Métis, Inuit, math, Science, Social Studies


In-school field trip, Visual Arts Studios, St. Albert Place