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Mossbag Workshop

Join us for a Mossbag workshop at Métis Crossing, where participants learn about the history and significance of the mossbag, and learn weaving techniques.

Moss bags, also known as moss pouches, were traditionally used by the Métis people to carry and swaddle infants.

Winter experience

  • 2 days
  • $125.00

The bags were filled with sphagnum moss, which helped to keep the baby dry and comfortable. The moss bags were often decorated with ribbon and embroidery, adding a personal touch to the traditional baby carrier.

Making your own moss bag can be a fun and creative project.

This two-day workshop is led by a Traditional Teacher and Knowledge Holder,  and participants will learn and practice various aspects of moss bag making, weaving techniques, and finishing touches.

These workshops are a great opportunity for individuals to learn about the rich cultural heritage of the Métis  people and to gain hands-on experience in a traditional art form.

What's included

  • All materials required for the workshop
  • Traditional Teacher and Knowledge Holder
  • Coffee and Tea

Itinerary

Day one: February 24, 2024, 11am – 4pm
Day two: February 25, 2024, 10am – 3pm

Location: MC CGC/Red Barn at Métis Crossing

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About your instructor: Knowledge Holder, Lilyrose Meyers

I am a kokum that is very proud of her Métis heritage. My life has been enriched with experiences of life on a trapline, farming, horse trainer, truck driver, equipment operator, boiler room assistant, gas bar manager and transportation and supervision for family services.I am a long time Métis artisan, doll maker, fiber artist, nester, baker, teacher, thrift store shopper and lover of giving old things a new purpose.

I love teaching and sharing my many Métis crafts with people who love to make handcrafted items.

I have resided on Buffalo Lake Métis settlement for 41 years. I was born and raised on a traditional Métis farm north of High Prairie Alberta where I learned how to snare rabbits, ride horses, and live off the land.

I was raised in an old hand-hewn log home. Today I am blessed to be the Knowledge Keeper and Teacher at Métis Crossing. There I get to share my life experience with many people from all walks of life, so they learn who the Métis people are.

It is extremely important that our young people learn these traditional cultural skills to they can them pass down to the next generations. For it is through our children that our Métis heritage will survive and thrive.

My husband Jerry makes me happy and proud. My children make me smile with pride and humble me with their love. My family and friends are special, supportive and are an anchor in my life.

What you will experience

Discover past
and present

Deepen your understanding of Métis heritage through stories from our experienced guides and traditional knowledge-keepers.

Find your
connection

Connect to the Métis way of life through the sharing of practices, traditions, and foods central to Métis culture.

Learn by
living

Participate in unique activities designed to bring you closer to Métis past, present and future.

Feed your
understanding

Experience the healing potential of this powerful place, through a new appreciation for our land, wildlife and shared history. 

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Common Questions

Do I need prior experience in weaving or crafting to participate?

No prior experience in weaving or crafting is required to participate in the workshop. The Traditional Teacher and Knowledge Holder will provide instruction and guidance throughout the process.

What should I bring with me to the workshop?

Participants are encouraged to bring any personal items they may need, such as snacks, water, and comfortable clothing suitable for sitting and working on the project for an extended period.

Is the workshop suitable for children?

The workshop may be suitable for children, but younger participants may require assistance and supervision from an adult. It’s recommended to check with Métis Crossing for any specific age requirements or recommendations.

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