Private cultural experiences provide immersion in Michif Lifeways through art, crafts, traditional medicine and nature. Join a Metis Herbalist, Knowledge Keeper or Craftsperson and learn a new skill-set – as well as a unique perspective on the Canadian Prairies. Experiences are suitable for groups of 1-6 people, to allow for social distancing. Larger groups can be accommodated, please contact us to make arrangements.
**Please note : booking links are not operating during COVID 19. We hope to have the booking links back up shortly. Please email email@example.com to book an experience.**
All experiences are mobile – we can come to you as long as you provide a safe location where social distancing is possible. We can also arrange space for your experience in Calgary, free of charge. Travel fees may apply for workshops an hour or more from Calgary; please contact Kalyn@KodiakHerbal.com for more information.
The culture of our people resides in our hearts – we welcome you! Please book an experience for your group from the list below.
Weave Your Own Metis Sash – Full Day
Time frame: 8 hours, full day with lunch break
Be a part of this traditional hand-looming sash experience – and take your loom home with you after the workshop! Looms and all materials are included. No weaving experience necessary. Cost: $260/person, for 2-6 people. This workshop can be held over a weekend (4 hours per day) for groups who can host. Online video version available for larger groups or individuals.
Metis Sash Weaving – Learn to Weave – Half Day
Time frame: providing a shorter experience of 3 hours (half-day), all supplies will be available for use during the workshop.
Be a part of this traditional hand-looming sash experience that illustrates the cultural relevance of the emblematic Metis Sash. Observe a demonstration of the weaving process and try it out for yourself. Learn the meaning of the colors and patterns, as well as the history of the Sash. No weaving experience necessary. A sash samplette will be your souvenir at the end of the experience. Cost: $100/person for groups of 2 people, $75/person for groups of 3-6. Family rates available.
Time frame: 3 hours (half-day)
Begin with the basics in the traditional art of finger weaving, used to make beautiful patterns on belts, straps, bags, and hats! A history of finger weaving and the symbolism of the patterns will place this art form within the proper cultural context. Listen to the stories while making your own bracelet or hatband. Beginners welcome – kids 9 years and up love this experience! Cost: $100/person for groups of 2, $80/person for groups of 3-6. Family rates available.
Time frame: 3 hours (half-day)
Metis are the known as the ‘Flower Beadwork People’ for our intricately flowered clothing and accessories. Make a poppy or Metis-style beaded flower pin to show off your new beading skills. We begin at the beginning – no experience needed for this workshop! As always, cultural context and meaning will be discussed while we craft. All materials are provided, as well as beads to take home to finish your project. Cost: $100/person for groups of 2, $80/person for groups of 3-6. Family rates available.
Time frame: 4 hours
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 octopus bag in this fascinating traditional experience. All materials provided. Cost: $120/person for groups of 2, $105/person for groups of 3-6. Family rates available.
Time frame: 3 hours (half day), March-October
Metis are a river-going people, the rivers are our highways! Many of our food, shelter and medicine plants also thrive along the rivers, making this a fascinating locale for a medicine walk. View the many edible & medicinal plants of the river valley, and discover how clothing and shelters were made from plants on a historical medicine tour lead by a traditional Metis Herbalist. Cost: $200 for 2 people, or $80/person for groups of 3-6. Family rates available.
Wolf Willow Rosaries & Jewelry
Time frame: 3 hours (half day)
The ‘Silver-berries’ of the Wolf Willow bush are traditionally used to make beautiful natural rosaries by the Metis people. Make your own rosary or necklace from fresh-harvested wolf willow, while learning about the food, medicine and cultural uses of this beautiful Canadian Prairie plant. We will sample wolf willow tea and desserts as we make our jewelry. Cost: $200 for 2 people, or $80/person for groups of 3-6. Family rates available.
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