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Nodwesi Red Bear Curator/Archivist at the Eyaawing Museum and Cultural Center presents an interactive demonstration on the art of plaiting porcupine quills.
This ancient technique was primarily used among Plains, Great Lakes and Eastern Woodlands tribes prior to the introduction of glass beads in the 17th century; and is often referred to as the zigzag technique, the parallel technique, the band technique, single quill technique, or the plaiting, braiding, wrapping technique. An example of these specialized techniques can be found on many of the Great Lakes and Eastern Woodlands pucker-toed style moccasins, eagle feather headdresses, ceremonial clothing, prayer paraphernalia, as well as everyday essential hunting and survival tools. These quill techniques were often applied in conjunction with sinew and horsehair.
Quills and wooden looms are provided. Beverages are provided. There are no fees for the workshops, however, donations are welcomed.
Questions about the project should be directed to Cindy Patek, Museum Director 231.534.7764 or Nodwesi Red Bear, Curator/Archivist, 231.534.7768.
Eyaawing Museum & Cultural Center serves both members of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians and the larger community. It is a place where the traditions, language, and art of the Tribe are kept, taught and celebrated. It also provides a portal to Tribe for the community — a place where the public is welcome to learn about the culture and history of the Grand Traverse Band.
Eyaawing (pronounced a-ya-wing) means “Who we are” in Anishinaabemowin, the traditional language of Michigan’s Native people.
Peshawbestown is on scenic M-22 between Suttons Bay and Omena, about 30-35 minutes from Traverse City.