Metis Culture Workshops

Balsam Harvest & Medicine Festival

Sunday February 23rd 12:00-4:00pm, or Sunday March 15th 12:00-4:00pm

Nature’s First-Aid kit is the stately Balsam Poplar, better known as the Cottonwood tree. There are many medicinal varieties in the Populus genus, all of them Man’s Best Friend in Northern countries around the world. We will meet and identify the Poplars, brew tree medicine in an outdoor apothecary, and fry up a traditional snack to enjoy while we learn.

Loom-weaving Your Metis Sash @ Michif Cultural Connections (St.Albert, Edmonton) SOLD OUT

Saturday/Sunday 12-4pm, April 4 & 5

Be a part of this traditional hand-looming sash class in Edmonton! Looms and all materials are provided and yours to take home after the class. Everyone is welcome to this beginner-level workshop.

Metis Finger-weaving Workshops

Tuesday, April 21st 6:30-8:30pm

Begin with the basics or advance your knowledge of the traditional art of sash weaving, while making your own bracelet or hatband. All experience levels are welcome.

Metis Beading – Flowers & Poppies

Tuesday, April 7th 6:30-8:30pm
Make a poppy or Metis-style beaded flower pin to honour a loved one or just for fun. We begin at the beginning – no experience needed for this workshop!

Metis Octopus Bag Workshop

Sunday, April 19th 10am-4pm

Octopus bags or Fire-bags have a colorful history! “But, there are no octopus on the prairies..!!?” I hear that a lot! Learn the interesting story of the “octopus bag”, how it got its’ unique name, and make your own mini-octopus bag in this fascinating workshop.

Metis Sash Loom Weaving @ Lethbridge, Ab

Saturday/Sunday 12-4pm, May 2 & 3

Celebrate Metis heritage with a traditional hand-looming sash class in Lethbridge! Looms and all materials are provided and yours to take home after the class. Everyone is welcome to this beginner-level workshop.

Metis Medicines in Old Man River Valley @ Lethbridge

Tuesday May 5th   6:30-8:30pm

View the many edible & medicinal plants of the river valley on this fascinating historical medicine walk lead by a traditional Metis Herbalist.

Metis Medicine Walk @ Pincher Creek

Wednesday May 6 6:30-8:30pm

Explore the traditional medicine of Southern Alberta’s Metis Community. This walk is lead by Metis Knowledge Keeper Kalyn Kodiak, whose family has lived in Southern Alberta for 6 generations.

Mother’s Day Special: Natural Perfumery & Tea Social

Saturday May 9, 2-4pm

Join us for an afternoon of delights! We begin with a D.I.Y. natural perfumery class with herbal chemist Zoe Lynne, who leads us in the creation of the perfect blend of natural scents to compliment your chemistry & personality. Then, we will sit down to a tea social featuring custom-blended beverages, dainties and crumpets with berries & cream.

Medicine Bag Making Workshop

Tuesday, May 19th 6:30-8:30pm

Learn some of the meaning & traditions of wearing a personal medicine bag. You can use your medicine bag for prayer, protection & creativity. Anyone can make a bag to remind them of their powerful qualities. This workshop is a fundraiser for the Metis Bear Harvest events.

Traditions of the Wolf Willow Rosary @Rocky Mountain House

Saturday, May 30th 1-4pm Rocky Mountain House Native Friendship Center

The ‘Silver-berries’ of the Wolf Willow bush are traditionally used to make beautiful natural rosaries by the Metis people. Make your own rosary while learning about the food, medicine and cultural uses of this beautiful Canadian Prairie plant.

Metis Medicine Walk @ Rocky Mountain House

Sunday May 31st   12pm-2pm

Explore the traditional medicines of Alberta’s Metis Community. This walk is lead by Metis Knowledge Keeper Kalyn Kodiak, whose family has lived in Alberta for 6 generations.

Metis Sash Weaving in Kelowna, BC

Saturday/Sunday 12-4pm, June 6 & 7

Be a part of this traditional hand-looming sash class in Kelowna! Looms and all materials are provided and yours to take home after the class. Everyone is welcome to this beginner-level workshop.

Blossoms of Early Summer Picnic & Plantwalk

Saturday in June 2020   11am – 3pm (Date TBA)
Return to the mountains to view the flowering plants in all their Glory! Meadows, Prairies and forest landscapes and a gourmet lunch in the wild.

New workshops are scheduled every few months -please bookmark our visual calendar and check back often to see new experiences. Or, contact Kalyn@KodiakHerbal.com to get on the mailing list.

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