Gwiis Maakskw Workshops

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Beginners Workshop (group)

Instructor: Wal-aks Keane Tait

Workshop: 5 sessions, 3 hours a session = 15 hours instruction

Maximum: 10 students per workshop

Fee: Available upon request


This is a beginner stage wool-weaving workshop that includes a history presentation of Gwiis Maakskw weaving method, which has its origins in cedar bark weaving. I will share personal and attained stories about its development in an effort to encourage the student to pursue this weaving art style further.


In this workshop, each student will learn the foundational finger weaving techniques allowing the participant to build confidence in creating other Gwiis Maakskw items. The students will be instructed on how to lace their loom stick and how to begin and complete their weaving project.


The fees cover:

- instruction fee

- loom header

- materials for weaving (warp, weft, lacing and needle)

Beginners Workshop (Individual)

Instructor: Wal-aks Keane Tait

Workshop: 15 hours instruction, schedule arranged with client

Fee: Available upon request


This is a beginner stage wool-weaving workshop that includes a history presentation of Gwiis Maakskw weaving method, which has its origins in cedar bark weaving. I will share personal and attained stories about its development in an effort to encourage the student to pursue this weaving art style further.


In this workshop, the student will learn the foundational finger weaving techniques allowing the participant to build confidence in creating other Gwiis Maakskw items. The student will be instructed on how to lace their loom stick and how to begin and complete their weaving project.


The fees cover:

- instruction fee

- loom header

- materials for weaving (warp, weft, lacing and needle)

Weaving Demonstration

Instructor: Wal-aks Keane Tait

Workshop: minimum of 2 hours - maximum of 6 hours (with a break)

Fee: Available upon request


Wal-aks provides weaving demonstrations that are interactive and informative. Demonstrations are ideal for groups who are limited on time to learn all the details of Gwiis Maakskw techniques, but wish to learn more about Gwiis Maakskw.


During the demonstration, Wal-aks will:

- warp up a loom header

- begin weaving

- talk about the process

- talk about culturally relevant teachings

- history of Gwiis Maakskw

- allow audience to have a try at weaving

Gwiis Maakskw Workshop Survey