Locals will have a chance to create some of their Christmas gifts in free beading-classes being offered this week.
Jordon Weenie, urban programming for Indigenous peoples coordinator with the Battlefords Indian and Métis Friendship Centre, who is organizing the event, said a local artist will provide free beading lessons to anyone interested in the craft. She will also be sharing some of the history of the art of beading in Indigenous culture.
Weenie said it can take as little as an hour or two for someone to make an attractive pair of decorative beaded-earrings, for example, to take home and put under the tree for a loved one.
"From now until Christmas they have time to whip up some really beautiful creations," he added.
Weenie is looking forward to taking part in the course himself as well. He said when he was planning for the event it didn’t take him long to find someone to teach the class after making a few inquiries.
"I come from a family of beaders and really creative people,” he added. “I reached out and one of my good friends volunteered to come in and offer her services."
Weenie added the instructor will also give a short introduction about the art as well.
Last month the Friendship Centre offered a drum-making course, so by also having the beading lessons this month the centre hopes to continue to share knowledge about Indigenous culture with the community. Weenie said he appreciates the learning experience himself too.
"I think it's very important that we share this knowledge because we have to pass these teachings down as well," he said.
Weenie hasn't offered a beading course at the centre before, but said a number of people requested it.
All the supplies and tools for the course will be provided.
The classes will be held from Nov. 28 to 30 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Friendship Centre in North Battleford.
Due to limited class sizes, individuals hoping to take part are asked to call to register in advance to ensure their spot is saved.
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