Crafts

POTTERY

Participants will make either a clay pinch pot, and design the outside with Iroquois designs, or they will create clay beads, and string them together on hemp string with other coloured beads. Before contact, Iroquois people made many useful tools, pots, beads from clay and other natural sources.

Grade level: 3+

Length: 30 minutes

MINI CORN COB KEYCHAIN

Beadwork has long been a skill of many Native nations across North America. Corn has always been an important staple of the Iroquoian people’s diet, and the importance of corn will be discussed. With this craft, participants will make a corn cob keychain using beadwork techniques.

Grade level: 7+

Length: 1 hour

MINI MOCCASIN KEYCHAIN

Participants will create a mini moccasin out of leather.

Grade level: 5+

Length: 1 hour

CLAY MOCCASIN AND BEADING

Understanding the geographical history of the moccasin and the unique styles of beading and the meaning of the symbols. Participants will design a beading pattern; create a moccasin vamp out of clay and use real beads to create their design in the clay.

Grade level: 6+

Length: 1.5 hours

CLAY IROQUOIS FLAT PURSE AND BEADING

The history of the flat purse and we will look as Haudenosaunee symbols and bead style. Participants will design a beading pattern; create a flat purse out of clay and use real beads to create their design in the clay.

Grade level: 6+

Length: 1.5 hours

CREATION STORY SHADOW PUPPET PRESENTATION

The Creation Story Shadow puppets have been created and in a colourful presentation the story is told and a discussion comes afterward to help students understand the story and the importance of Mother Earth.

Grade level: 1-4

Length: 30 minutes

CREATION STORY MOBILE

The creation story is told and a mobile of images from the story are coloured and assembled to create a storyline to use in retelling the story.

Grade level: 1-4

Length: 30 minutes

A PORTRAIT OF FIRST NATIONS PEOPLE

Mix media collages are created of historical and contemporary First Nations people. Information is given in the form of bio’s and then a variety of materials are provided to create a mixed media art piece to represent the FN person that the student has gotten to know about.

Grade level: 6+

Length: 2 hours

THE PEOPLE OF THE LONGHOUSE – CLANS AND NATIONS

Story of how the Confederacy began, the 6 different Nations and the 9 Clans. Students will create a giant Hiawatha Belt out of puzzle pieces and then using cut outs of the 9 clans create a mobile in the 3 groups of Land, Water and Air.

Grade level: 3-5

Length: 1 hours

CORN AN ESSENTIAL INGREDIENT TO FIRST NATIONS CULTURE

Corn is an important staple and we will discover all of it’s uses, past and present.

Corn in Clay

Grade level: Jk- 2

Length: 30 minutes

Corn Husk Dolls

Grade level: 3+

Length: 1 hour

Corn Key Chains

Grade Level:5+

Length: 1.5 hours

FIRST NATIONS CONTRIBUTIONS

A Power Point of First Nations aid to European settlers. First Nations food cultivation and medicines with a focus on corn and all it’s contributions past and present. Participants will make a corn husk doll.

Grade level: 3-6

Length: 1 hour

The Woodland Cultural Centre can accommodate groups of 25, and up to a maximum of 75 people. A group of 10 minimum for a guided tour is required. Tours are available Tuesday through Friday, year-round. 

Cancellation Policy

The Woodland Cultural Centre requires a 2-week advanced notice of cancellation or postponement for a tour. The 2-week time period is in calendar days (not business days). Failure to provide proper notice of cancellation or postponement will result in the assessment of a cancellation fee.

For more information or to schedule a tour, please contact Cheryl Red Eagle, School/Group Registrar at: