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Braiding Identity

Braiding Identity
Date: Monday, June 7, 2021 GMT-0500 - Wednesday, June 30, 2021 GMT-0500
Time: All Day

Join our School Visits Indigenous Education Coordinator Trainee, Devon Harview, and Harbourfront Centre’s Indigenous Resource Coordinator, Marissa Magneson, to learn about the cultural significance of sweetgrass while engaging in an arts activity that invites you to braid your own identity, one strand at a time.

Alone, a single blade of sweetgrass is flimsy; however, when braided together, it becomes stronger. Similar to sweetgrass, one’s identity is made up of various facets that combine to create a greater whole. The role of sweetgrass in Indigenous spirituality and cultural practices is heavily entrenched in the way in which many Indigenous people view community. Just as the sweetgrass is used in tandem with the other Four Sacred Medicines, one must consider how their personal identity is interwoven into the greater whole of one’s culture and community. Every summer, Mother Nature’s hair grows longer with more sweetgrass to harvest. During harvest, tobacco is offered and thanks are given for the beautiful medicine she has provided. For many Indigenous peoples, the act of braiding is a sacred experience that involves good intentions, prayers and building community. In this activity, we will be working with materials many of us have around our homes to create and braid together the various components which together form who we are.

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MUSKRAT Magazine is an on-line Indigenous arts, culture, and living magazine that honours the connection between humans and our traditional ecological knowledge by exhibiting original works and critical commentary.

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