Picking up the Threads: A Reflection on Sam Thomas’ Lecture on Indigenous Beadwork

Growing up in Northern Ontario, where I observed Indigenous culture largely through multicultural festivals and expositions in which Indigenous beadwork was prominently featured, I imagined myself to be aware of the cultural significance of beadwork. However, I never could have comprehended how each choice made about the forms, colours, and even the number of beads…

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Beadwork Reflection – Three Poems

an other education   you cannot call this lecture, my pens stay capped, my pages blank, my books are closed but there is learning here the beads tumble along strings, my fingers stumble, pricked by needle tip, unfamiliar patterns, as we follow shadowed footsteps and there is learning here my skin feels the slide of…

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