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Indigenous basket weaving at Glengarry Pioneer Museum

The Glengarry Pioneer Museum is hosting a Mohawk basket weaver for a demonstration on Sunday, July 21 starting at 2 p.m. With pre-registration, museum visitors can stay after the demonstration for an optional hands-on workshop.

Basket weaver Carrie Hill is travelling from Akwesasne to share her passion for this long passed-down art form. Having learned her craft at a young age, Carrie has fine-tuned her skills for many years. This has led to international exposure including an installation of six baskets which are currently on display in the United States Embassy in Swaziland, Africa. She strives to educate her community on Mohawk history through her art.

The workshop has been designed to enable one-on-one teaching time with Carrie, allowing participants to learn the basics of this centuries-old craft. Each participant will make and take home their very own hand-woven bookmark. The cost to attend the demonstration and workshop is $30. Pre-registration for the workshop is appreciated to ensure there are enough supplies available.

For those who are not interested in the workshop but would like to listen to the presentation and demonstration at 2 p.m., the cost is $10 per person, or $5 for museum members. This includes access to the museum buildings and grounds.

Workshop space is limited, so sign up today! Registration can be done using the link on the Glengarry Pioneer Museum’s coming events page (http://glengarrypioneermuseum.ca/2019-events/), calling (613) 527-5230, or by sending an email to [email protected]

Carrie Hill will be one of three speakers presenting this summer at the museum. Gaelic singer and teacher, Sine McKenna will be coming on July 11 to teach a class on the history of Gaelic. On August 25, landscaper, Tammy MacGregor will be giving a tour of the museum’s heritage gardens.

The Glengarry Pioneer Museum is located in the center of Dunvegan on County Road 24 (Dunvegan Road) at the crossroads with County Road 30 (Greenfield Road).

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