Carleton University, which is situated on unceded Algonquin land, will celebrate a Wigwàs Chiman (birchbark canoe) installation at the MacOdrum Library. The canoe was built using traditional methods by twelve Carleton students working with Daniel “Pinock” Smith.
Media are invited to attend the event.
When: Thursday, Sept. 28, 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Main floor, MacOdrum Library, Carleton
Who: Carleton President Alastair J.S. Summerlee; Vice-President (Academic) Jerry Tomberlin; Wigwàs Chiman workshop leader Pinock Smith; Indigenous Liaison Officer Benny Michaud; University Librarian Wayne Jones; Carleton University Art Gallery Director Sandra Dyck; students Summer-Harmony Twenish and Gabby Richichi-Fried.
The Centre for Indigenous Initiatives and Carleton University Art Gallery hosted weekly gatherings with Daniel “Pinock” Smith, a well-known artist and canoe builder from Kitigan Zibi, where students were introduced to customary Anishinaabe tools, materials and methods in canoe-making. The gatherings took place at the gallery from January through May, with one final session at Smith’s workshop in June. Recently the canoe was taken to Kitigan Zibi and launched on Lake Bitobi.
More information on the long-running workshop that constructed the Wigwàs Chiman can be found here, in a reflective text written by Carleton student and canoe builder Alexandra Kahsenni:io Nahwegahbow: https://carleton.ca/our-stories/story/crafting-birchbark-canoe/.
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