Title: Making a Medicine Blanket
Description: This workshop was born from the discovery of a Metis medicine blanket in a family trunk, in Northern Ontario, in the early 1970s. These little blankets were started for children, but not used in their beds. Rather, both boys and girls were taught their birth position on the native medicine wheel, their animal dodems, family history, and the practical skills of stitchery. Over time, as the child grew, all the momentous events of life were somehow depicted on this blanket. Quite often, the cosmology of the medicine wheel is depicted. Baby teeth and hair from loved pets or relatives were put inside the quilted layers. If, as an adult, the child became a shaman or healer, the blankets were put out for ceremony, with sacred objects displayed on them for use during the proceedings. These blankets, if they survived, were meant to go to the grave with the owner.
Presenter: Rev. Kathryn Gorman-Lovelady
Date: Saturday, March 3, 2007
Time: 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Maximum Enrollment: 15
Materials Fee: $0.00 (Bring a Sewing Machine)