robin brass residency: june 2009 - october 2009
Major support from SaskCulture’s Aboriginal Arts & Culture Leadership Program allowed Sâkêwêwak to engage Saskatchewan-based interdisciplinary artist Robin Brass in a residency and community-based cultural project that revitalized customary arts practices using natural materials with an emphasis upon teaching youth, and drawing upon resource people both in the community and guests from other locales. Primary art forms taught included birch bark basketry, quill work, hide tanning, and indigenous pottery methods. The objective of our project was to provide support and bring together artisans, youth, elders and other community members in the sharing of resources and knowledge, and to pass along cultural art skills and related knowledge. All activities took place on the Peepeekisis First Nation one hour east of Regina.