Special Community Programs for Wus’kwiy/ Waskway: From Berry Baskets to Souvenirs

Our newest exhibition, Wus’kwiy/ Waskway: From Berry Baskets to Souvenirs, is now open, and we are pleased to announce the details of two special exhibition-specific programs!

Monthly Saturday programs
The second Saturday of every month from 1 – 4 pm
Suggested donation of $2-3
The guided programs will run from 1:30 – 2:30 pm.
Birch Bark Biting with special instructor Holly Yuzicapi
Saturday, February 14 at the Museum
Try your hand at birch bark biting techniques using transfer paper with special instructor Holly Yuzicapi, a contemporary artist using traditional methods. “Bark biting is an ephemeral and subtle art involving four of the five senses in the creation of a final product that is as delicate and as fleeting as a butterfly wing.” (from WIGWAS: Bark Biting by Angelique Merasty, Thunder Bay National Exhibition Centre and Centre for Indian Art, 1988, pg. 3)
Birch bark biting by Angelique Mersasty, 1978. Bill and Michelle Tracy Collection.

Birch Bark Basket Making: Traditional Baskets, Modern Materials  

Saturday, February 28 from 1:30 – 4 pm, guided program with instructor from 1:30 – 2:30 pm
$25 per person, which includes all supplies.
Please note this program is best suited for ages 12+.

With inspiration from the new exhibition, Wus’kwiy/Waskway: From Berry Baskets to Souvenirs, participants will learn the techniques of making birch bark baskets out of felt and plastic strapping. Special instructor Holly Yuzicapi is known for transforming traditional pieces of art by using contemporary materials.

Birch bark container, artist unknown, 1992. Bill and Michelle Tracy Collection.
For additional information about the programs contact museum@artsandheritage.ca or (780) 459-1528