This is a hands on workshop. Participants will get an overview of the history of wampum belts and how they relate specifically to treaties. What is the purpose of wampum belts? What materials are used to make them? How do they recount oral histories/stories and agreements between the crown and Indigenous nations? All these questions will be unpacked.
Participants will design their own story belt using software that requires no download and will then make their own story belt using pony beads and a cardboard loom.
Participants will leave with handouts that will help them try this mini unit in their classrooms.
to purchase pony beads, nylon thread and needles.
Please bring your laptop or ipad.
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I am from the Secwépemc Nation. My home community is located in Invermere, BC. I have worked in Indigenous education for the bulk of my teaching career. I am a former employee of SD36 and worked as an Aboriginal Helping Teacher.