MRHC program on tap

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Regional History Center presents a Wiigwaas Workshop, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The instructor is Leora Lancaster.

Create a wiigwaas (birch bark) box and learn fundamentals of quilling. Anishinaabe porcupine quillwork is a pre-colonial practice, found thriving within tribal communities yet today.

This particular workshop will specialize in summer bark, which pairs well with quillwork. Pre-registration required. Fee: $30. Call 226-3571 or stop in to register.

A professor at the Center for Native American Studies at NMU, Leora is deeply immersed in Ojibway heritage. She is also a prolific artist known for using traditional Native American techniques in new ways.

In this workshop Leora will teach participants how to use porcupine quills and about all steps of the quill crafting process, including ethical harvesting techniques.

This Heritage Craft Series workshop is made possible in part by a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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