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Contemporary Indigenous Societies and Issues: Selected Topics, Cornhusk Sculpting and Beadwork

A review of the geographic, cultural and demographic composition of Inuit, First Nations and Metis, and of the major current developments on land, cultural integrity, treaties, economic development, community social development and self-government. Spring/Summer 2017, Term 1 Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1pm – 4pm Students in this course will have gain introductory cornhusk sculpting and beadwork techniques from two respected Haudenosaunee artists, and will utilize these skills in the design and creation of their own individual pieces. About the Instructors: Samuel Thomas is a member of the Lower Cayuga Band of the Iroquois Nation. For a number of years, Sam has been instrumental in revitalizing 18th and 19th century beadwork styles. His beadwork has garnered international acclaim, and was most recently the recipient of the 2016 Ontario Arts Council Aboriginal Arts Award. Elizabeth Doxtater is a member of Six Nations of the Grand River. Her work explores the ancient art form of cornhusk sculpting to express historic and current political and traditional issues affecting First Nations people. Elizabeth was selected as the 2016 Ontario Arts Council’s Emerging Aboriginal Artist.

INDIG ST 2C03

Contemporary Indigenous Societies and Issues: Selected Topics, Cornhusk Sculpting and Beadwork

Unit(s): 3.0 Level(s): II Term(s): Summer Offered?: Yes Language?: No

A review of the geographic, cultural and demographic composition of Inuit, First Nations and Metis, and of the major current developments on land, cultural integrity, treaties, economic development, community social development and self-government. Spring/Summer 2017, Term 1 Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1pm – 4pm Students in this course will have gain introductory cornhusk sculpting and beadwork techniques from two respected Haudenosaunee artists, and will utilize these skills in the design and creation of their own individual pieces. About the Instructors: Samuel Thomas is a member of the Lower Cayuga Band of the Iroquois Nation. For a number of years, Sam has been instrumental in revitalizing 18th and 19th century beadwork styles. His beadwork has garnered international acclaim, and was most recently the recipient of the 2016 Ontario Arts Council Aboriginal Arts Award. Elizabeth Doxtater is a member of Six Nations of the Grand River. Her work explores the ancient art form of cornhusk sculpting to express historic and current political and traditional issues affecting First Nations people. Elizabeth was selected as the 2016 Ontario Arts Council’s Emerging Aboriginal Artist.


Elizabeth Doxtater, Samuel Thomas

Three hours (lectures and seminars); one term. Prerequisite: INDIG ST 1A03, 1AA3 or 3J03; or one of CAYUGA 1Z03, MOHAWK 1Z03, OJIBWE 1Z03; or permission of the instructor. INDIG ST 2C03 may be repeated, if on a different topic, to a total of six units.