Metis Sash Loom Weaving – Live & Socially Distanced

Calgary, AB @ Herbal Healing Apothecary

Saturday, January 16th, 9am-5pmDelayed due to COVID restrictions

Online Version Available

Immerse yourself in the Story of the Michif People while creating your own sayncheur flayshii (Metis sash) on a locally-made hand loom.

Kalyn Kodiak, Metis Knowledge Keeper (MNA Region 3) brings teachings about the history, ceremony & symbolism of the “arrow-belt” sash. We will provide looms and other necessary supplies to take home with you after the workshop!

We begin with the famous Red River pattern, the acknowledged symbol of the Metis People. Based on the Assomption sashes worn by Red River traders in the 1800’s, this loom-woven pattern is a nod to the courage and strength of our ancestors.

Warping, threading and troubleshooting are an important part of this beginner-level workshop. Everyone is welcome, regardless of culture or background. No previous weaving experience is necessary, we will teach you everything you need to know to make your own custom sash.

This is a social distanced workshop. Please bring a mask to wear in all common areas. Hand sanitizer and plexiglass barriers are provided for your safety. All workshops are limited to 6 people during COVID-19.

Registration is Closed due to covid restrictions, please check back soon.

Choice of Date:

Our cedarwood looms are hand-crafted by a local woodworker and come in a complete kit with rigid heddle, shuttle, double-ended reed hook, patterns and all necessary supplies. If you already have your own hand loom and know how to tie-on for craft-weight yarn, you can bring it along for a discount on your workshop ticket price.

More info: This workshop takes place in Calgary at the Herbal Healing Apothecary, 2410 2 Ave SE. Children 12 years and up can learn to weave, but may require the help of their guardian. All minors must be accompanied and supervised by their parent or guardian.

Registration is done through PayPal or by e-transfer to kalyn@kodiakherbal.com . Once you have paid for your spot, your email address will be added to the list of registered participants. Registered participants receive an info email to their PayPal address 2 weeks before the workshop. You do NOT need a PayPal account to register, you can choose to check-out securely with a credit card by click the grey “Pay with Credit Card or Visa Debit” button. Kodiak Herbal never receives access to your private payment information, just your email address.

Please see accessibility info & our workshop policies here.

Traditional Metis Tree Medicines

Populus (Poplar, Aspen)

Populus is a genus of 25-35 flowering deciduous trees native to the Northern Hemisphere. Common names for Populus include Cottonwoods, Poplars and Aspens. The name Populus (“of the people”)was given to these trees because they are so often planted in public squares and cities.

Properties of populus resin: antiseptic, diuretic, expectorant, stimulant, tonic, analgesic (pain-relieving), astringent, anti-inflammatory, reduces fever

Balsam Poplar Oil Infusion Recipe

  • Freshly picked or frozen sticky balsam buds 
  • Stable emollient oil (grapeseed, olive, jojoba, almond, and coconut oil are good options)
  • Dedicated resin slow cooker or glass pot

*The slow cooker or pot will be difficult to clean; it is best to use a dedicated resin pot and straining cloth when working with resins.

Put balsam buds in a slow cooker or glass pot and cover with oil. Cook on low heat, less than a simmer, for 1-4 hours.

Strain the oil through a clean cloth, and discard the used balsam buds. Allow oil to cool with a cloth over the top, so moisture can evaporate. Store the oil out of the light in an airtight glass container. Apply to skin as needed for aches, rashes and sores.

Picea (Spruce)

Spruce trees are large evergreen trees from the genus Picea, which contains roughly 35 members. Their needles attach singularly to the branches, and are 4-sided. Spruce wood is used in construction, paper production and to make musical instruments. Spruce pitch is used as a glue in crafting and as a medicine for respiratory infections, arthritis and angina.

Medicinal properties of spruce tips: expectorant, stimulant, antibiotic, contain vitamin C, tonic, pain-relieving, anti-inflammatory

Spruce Tip Syrup Recipe

  • Fresh, soft needles from the tips of the spruce tree, gathered in early spring
  • 1 liter of water
  • 1 liter of sugar

Boil 2 cups of spruce tips in 1 liter of water for 5 minutes, lid on. Strain, retaining the liquid. Add 1 liter of sugar and return the mixture to the stove, on medium heat, stirring until all the sugar has dissolved. Pour the syrup into glass jars and keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 months. Take 1 teaspoon, 1-4 times daily as needed for sore throat.

Rhodiola, My Darling!

Rhodiola is making a come-back this year in my garden! This sweet succulent starlet is one of 4 tiny bundles transplanted late last July.

All of the transplants were seeded from wild rhodiola species growing in the Rocky mountains of Alberta, Canada. They are gathered and lovingly nurtured by Arden from Wild About Flowers, who specializes in native Alberta plant species.  I highly recommend checking out her collection of native species for hardy, hard-to-find native plants.

If you want to know more about my Darling Rhodiola, Queen of the Mountains and personal favorite of mine, you can read all about her healing properties here.

Or, come by my yard in South Calgary and I will show her off in person. I love, love, love my rhodiola !

 

Finger-weaving Interview (APTN)

Kalyn Kodiak, Metis sash weaver and herbalist, spoke with Tamara Pimental of Aboriginal Peoples Television Network about reviving the art of finger-weaving. Click the image below to see the video.

Ici Alberta – Ceintures Flechees avec Kalyn Kodiak

Tisser des ceintures fléchées au Festival des Sucres

Parmi les nombreuses activités au Calgary Maple Festival des Sucres, il y aura des ateliers pour apprendre comment tisser des ceintures fléchées. On est allé à la rencontre de Kalyn Kodiak, un des artisans qui mènera les ateliers.

Posted by ICI Alberta on Friday, March 1, 2019

I was on Ici Alberta rockin’ my peu de francais and talking about the Metis sash, culture, and what it means to be a weaver.

Video – Elderberry Syrup, Traditional Method

This video was filmed by my apprentice Carmen, at our Traditional Elderberry Syrup workshop. The preparation and preservation methods are typical of a traditional Metis recipe. The berries are fresh and locally harvested! The syrup turned out lovely. Thank you for the video, Carmen!