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Moose Hide Teachings with Jess Sanderson-Barry

Jess Sandersson-Barry wears a hide draped over her right shoulder. She has long hair and a black toque. She is looking over her right shoulder with a peaceful smile on her face.

Location: Roundhouse
Time: July 27 & 28 from 10 am - 4 pm
Cost: Free with Admission. 
Age: All ages

Jess Sanderson-Barry from Chakastaypasin Band will share different ways of knowing how to traditionally tan a moose hide.  Traditional hide tanning is a form of reclamation, sovereignty and it is cultural resurgence.  Our relative the môswa is a very healing animal, we will understand the importance of community, transmission of knowledge and share oral stories of how the môswa is healing our own communities. Participants will work collectively and gain an understanding of how to scrape a moose hide & learn about the many different hide tools used.

Jess Sanderson-Barry
Jess Sanderson-Barry is a nêhiyaw-iskwêw, mother, Cree Artist, Traditional Hide Tanner, Knowledge Sharer and Facilitator from Chakastaypasin Band, Treaty 6 Territory. Jess has created her wearable art under the name JShine Designs and is currently working out of amiskwaciwâskahikan.

Jessica combines both traditional and contemporary beading styles into her art. Throughout her work she utilizes materials such as traditionally tanned hides, which she is reclaiming the practice and art of hide tanning. Traditional Hide Tanning was stopped one generation before her and she was able to bring this traditional practice back to her kin. Beading and working on hides has reawakened her spirit and she finds beading as a way to express herself by creating beautiful adornments for everyday wear.