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Quw'utsun' Elders Series: Backyard Sessions

Nature and Art-Based Community Discovery:

Traditional and cultural practices led by Knowledge Keepers


Backyard Sessions began in 2022 as a monthly outdoor gathering, open to the general public wishing to deepen their appreciation of nature and connect artistic expression to place by learning traditional skills, crafts and practices that are known as bushcraft skills, ancestral skills or traditional knowledge.

As participation evolved, the connection to traditional cultural knowledge, as well as right relations, became apparent. In 2024/25 we bring the Quw’utsun’ Elder Series. Support from BC Arts Council and partnerships with Sacred Cedar Centre and Social Planning Cowichan have allowed us to provide honoraria to Elders who have made special time to lead each of our sessions. 

Sessions include:

● Welcome/Gratitude/Awareness/Games/Song
● Intro/ Cultural Teaching of Skill Share/Harvest
● Lunch: Bring your own food and tea
● Hands-on Making/Creating/Crafting

● Brief Closing Circle

Bring a snack, lunch, water, hat, solid blade knife,

and something warm to sit on.

All ages, all skill sets, all backgrounds encouraged.

Register early - space is limited to 20-40 participants.

Price is negotiable, email to learn more.

Description of the Sessions

MAY 2024

Introduction to Coast Salish Culture through craft and stories

Join Elders Qwiyahwultu-hw / Robert George, Quw’utsun’ Elder & Thuitsiye / Pamela Bourque for an afternoon of Story, Drumming, Talking Circle Sharing and Bannock.

Sunday May 5th, 2024 | 11am - 3pm


JUNE 2024

Mini Canoe Carving Course

Join Elder Tlithl'Kawi / Rupert Scow/ Kwakwaka'wakw artist and wood carver

for a day of wood carving, traditional practices.

Sunday June 2nd, 2024 | 10am - 2pm
Sunrise Waldorf School, 2148 Lakeside Road, Duncan

$50 / each person who will carve
Extra family members only watching and learning are by donation



Stay tuned for more info on upcoming sessions!

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