Weaving Workshop Series with Chief Janice George and Elder Willard ‘Buddy’ Joseph

Saturday April 20, 2024 - Saturday May 4, 2024
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

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CMS is honoured to host an in-person workshop series with Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) master weavers and community leaders of the L’hen Awtxw Weaving House, Chepximiya Siyam’ Chief Janice George and Skwetsimeltxw Willard ‘Buddy’ Joseph.

The series will take place on 3 consecutive Saturdays (April 20, April 27, and May 4) from 10am-1pm. Participants must be able to attend all three sessions, since the teachings are cumulative. The workshop is limited to 20 participants.

The purpose of this series is to facilitate cultural awareness of the ancestral artistic practice of weaving, which brings with it many insights into living on these unceded territories. Over the course of three Saturday sessions, participants will learn the techniques of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh wool weaving and create their own wall hanging. The workshop will be grounded in nexwniwchet, traditional teachings that address the cultural and historical significance of this intricate weaving style. 


Skwetsimeltxw Willard ‘Buddy’ Joseph and Chepximiya Siyam’ Janice George are accomplished weavers and teachers from the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) Nation. They have co-founded L’hen Awtxw Weaving House to share the teachings and practice of traditional Coast Salish wool weaving. 

Chief Janice George graduated from Capilano University, North Vancouver, BC, and the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM, USA.  She feels her education at these schools helped her excel as a teacher, adding to her most important traditional teachings. She is a hereditary chief, trained museum curator and educator. George also co-organized the 1st Canada Northwest Coast Weavers Gathering, with other Squamish Nation Weavers.  George and Joseph are from prominent Squamish families and have numerous ceremonial and cultural responsibilities in their community. Joseph is the former director of the Squamish Housing and Capital Projects and currently consults on capital projects for First Nations communities.

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