Ribbon Skirts with Elders Gloria Buboire and Sharon Pelletier

  • Registration Deadline
    Friday, May 3, 2024 at 12:00pm
  • Saturday, May 18–Sunday, May 19, 2024
  • MAWA, 329 Cumberland Ave., 2nd Floor, Winnipeg, MB
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This workshop is now full. Thanks to everyone who registered. To be placed on a waiting list email [email protected].

Saturday May 18, 10 am - 4 pm and Sunday May 19, 1 pm - 4 pm at MAWA

All welcome!

$50, some materials provided

Ribbon Skirts are worn at ceremonies, gatherings and pow wows—any time or place you want to celebrate who you are as a people. They are used by Indigenous and non-Indigenous people across the land. Please bring at least 2 metres of cotton fabric of your choice to make a ribbon skirt to your liking. All other materials will be provided. Registration will close early to ensure that MAWA is ready with all the necessary equipment. Bring your lunch on Saturday. MAWA has a fridge, microwave and toaster.

Elders Sharon Pelletier (left) and Gloria Buboire

Elder Gloria Buboire (Grandmother Thunderbird) and Elder Sharon Pelletier (Great Bear Woman) are sisters who were born and raised in Winnipeg to parents from Norway House First Nation. They are Sundancers who take part in Ceremonies throughout Manitoba and in the United States. Pelletier is a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. University was where she felt her first sense of pride and began to seek out Elders to help her learn more of her culture. Buboire began sewing at a young age and making skirts in the early 1990s for her traditional wedding. She is inspired by fabric. Sewing helps her to keep grounded, in prayer and in closer connection to those who are in the spirit world. She is very proud that she made ribbon skirts for the MLA Swearing-In Ceremonies of Bernadette Smith and Nahanni Fontaine.

If finances are a barrier, please contact Dana at [email protected].