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A Fanciful Feather Pendant by Indigenous artist Naomi Smith - This event has already occurred

Saturday, November 5, 2022 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


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From time immemorial Feathers have had an esteemed place in Indigenous life. Feathers are used in a variety of ways and are widely used as a decorative embellishment on many objects. Feathers are also one of the most satisfying elements to recreate in beads, if you know how. 

In this workshop, Naomi will carefully guide you through the steps required to create a beautiful feather pendant. Using simple stitches, time honoured techniques and different types of beads, it’s possible to create the perfect feather you’ll be proud to wear. 

About Naomi:  

Naomi is an Indigenous Artisan and Educator from the Chippewas of Nawash First Nation in Neyaashiinimiing. For over 25 years Naomi has focused on sharing teachings about the Indigenous people of the Woodlands and Northeastern region from a historical and contemporary perspective often through the story of beads. Her work embraces ancestral designs in the form of bags, adornment and traditional accessories. Naomi's work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally. She has exhibited at the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) (Smithsonian) in Washington DC and New York, the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives, Art Gallery of Guelph and participated in events throughout the year prior to the pandemic.  

Naomi’s artwork is in permanent collections at the Museum of Fine Art in Boston, MA, The Art Gallery of Guelph, Schneider Haus, and private collections throughout the world. 

While many of her lectures and presentations are art themed, she also talks about the historic challenges facing indigenous peoples and how this narrative has affected her life journey. Naomi provides insight into her Indigenous world which is a unique blend of traditional teachings and colonial experiences.  

Artist’s Statement: 

“Honouring our traditions is my voice within and beyond my Culture and Community. Traditionally there is no word for “art” in Native languages yet artistry and visual expression are critical in defining who we are as First Nations people. It is this path I wish to exemplify through my teachings and my work." 


Registration Information: 

  • Public: $85 + HST, Members: $75 + HST (price includes a $50 material kit) 
  • Registration closes October 30 
  • Ages 16+ 
  • This is an all-day workshop, breaks will be provided 



9 Wellington St. E., Brampton, ON, L6W 1Y1

Registration Options

  • MEMBERS ONLY - A Fanciful Feather Pendant by Indigenous artist Naomi Smith - $75.00
  • A Fanciful Feather Pendant by Indigenous artist Naomi Smith - $85.00

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