The Virtual Two Spirit Regalia Making Program is uniquely designed for queer-Indigenous and Two Spirit youth. This series will teach participants the basics of regalia making as well as foster cultural and social connections through a series of online sessions beginning February 22, 2021.
This is a space created as a way to connect genderfluid teachings and traditional ceremony in a way designed by us and for us. You will have the opportunity to connect with Indigiqueer youth and community, receive support in starting your journey in making regalia.
- Draft your own gender affirming regalia garment
- Learn basic sewing and beading techniques
- Develop an understanding of regalia templates and colours
- Learn pow wow protocols
- Supplies provided to participants
- Participant-guided pace
- Community support
- Meal stipend offered at each session
About the Program
This program has been created in response to feelings of isolation and exclusion that the 2S/Indigiqueer community faces when trying to access cultural teachings and ceremonies.
We see it is ever important to create a space to connect with other Two Spirit folks at this time where access to cultural centers, teachings, elders and ceremony are limited and doubly so, for our community who may feel excluded under typical circumstances. All invited facilitators to the program identify with an LGBT or Two Spirit identity in order to foster a culture of care for participants.
This program is in response to the need for social connection during Covid-19 and identified out of a need for culturally-inclusive spaces. We encourage participation from individuals who hold multiple identities (social, cultural or racial).
You’ll have the opportunity to participate in beginner sessions, running weekly for 13 weeks (three months)! This is where we will connect, get to know each other and work on creative regalia projects. After completing the first series of workshops, participants can register and proceed to the next level of Regalia Making.
Program dates: February 22, 2021 – May 24, 2021*
*working around statutory holidays and group availability
The workshop series will be delivered online through video conferencing with youth across Canada and the direct beneficiary of the program activities will be the Indigenous youths with limited access to Culture (ages 18-29), who are:
- In urban or remote communities who have access to an internet connection*
- Identify as First Nations, Inuit or Métis, Status or Non-Status
- Identify as Two Spirited, LGBT+, genderfluid or questioning identity
*CRE is committed to equity access. We want to support you and discuss any barriers to participation you may have. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you require any accommodations for accessibility/technological needs.
Two Spirit Regalia I: Orientation to “Queergalia” Week Breakdown
Week One: Introductions to facilitators and participants in the program.
Getting to know each other. Establish boundaries, community guidelines, accessibility needs, safety and risk protocols orientation. Opportunity for participants to guide and steer the curriculum where they can ask what they want to learn or get out of this program, creating a culture of ongoing youth evaluation to increase engagement.
A discussion of content and a weekly schedule will be provided. Dialogue around group comfort levels and knowledge base in order to provide support during the workshops. Judgment free zone. Registrants receive a kit with medicines and supplies. Check out, Smudge.
Week Two: Basics of Regalia Making (overview)
Colours and templates of regalia styles with provided hand out colouring sheets. Introduction to the colour wheel and complementary tones. A photo gallery of dance styles: traditional, jingle dress, fancy shawl, fancy dance, chicken dance, smoke dance, grass dance.
Vision boarding for ‘queering the regalia’ incorporating new gender and body-affirming styles such as ribbon shorts, pants, rompers as alternatives to the binary tropes, collected images of contemporary makers using these designs.
Discussion of exclusion and rigid gender protocols in pow wow culture and ways of navigating and carving out space as Two Spirit futurism. Discussion on what colour ribbons and fabric participants would like to be sent for their pieces.
Week 3- Introduction to Hand Sewing and Stitchwork, Beginner Bundle Making with Medicines and Medicine Protocols
Participants will create a therapeutic lavender pillow using simple stitchwork techniques to learn basic introductory skills. Sewing a button, overcast stitches, and more. Review of use of medicines, what they do, teachings on the 4 main medicines and l’nu alternatives due to what grows in the region (white pine was used in place of sage and cedar, mushrooms).
Relaxation herbs; intro to lavender and rose petal uses. Tobacco ties; how to tie them and why we use them, and for what reasons. No-sew pillow tutorial, using knots. Introduction to feather wrapping with floss and feather cases.
Protocol teachings on fanning the drum and whistleblowing, why we receive medicines as offerings to dance for other people. Review of colour wheels and templates.
Week 4 – Feather Wrapping and Feather Cases
Discussion around protecting our sacred items. Regalia care and maintenance, and what feathers are used for in both spirit communication as well as in regalia pieces (feather fans and headdresses) different names for these regalia pieces.
Participants will have received the fabric and supplies to follow along with a feather case tutorial will receive fabric glue and heat bond strips to provide extra support for those who need more time to learn hand stitching techniques. Discussion around longevity and integrity of regalia as well as using different quality materials.
Week 5- Feathercase Workshop continued and Intro to Flat Stitch Beadwork
Participants can continue their feather case designs, may need 2 weeks or 1:1 support for accessibility needs. Discussion of containers, vessels, bundles, parfleches, medicine bags, baskets and their construction and the connections between these objects’ purposes, function and concepts of multiplicity, the medicine wheel, the circle, generations and notions of time: space, quantum science and Indigenous understandings of science, botany and relationships. Plant knowledge and star stories and calling them into our bundles, the purposes of self-care and customizing your personal medicines and bundles for what you need.
Intro to stones and crystal therapy and hermetic principles, Indigenous perspectives on seeing and knowing. Possible guest speaker.
About the Registration Form
The form begins with basic demographic questions that help us run our program, and will help us run future programming. There are certain personal questions that we are asking that will help us to complete evaluation and to report to the funders who make CRE programming possible. We will be asked to report upon our program, and your demographic data will be used in this context with respect to your confidentiality.
We have made our every effort to not ask anything more than is required and there are a few questions that you can write ‘prefer not to answer’. We provided spaces to elaborate upon any confidentiality concerns around identity and disclosure. Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure: Near the end of the form, we will ask for your mailing address in order to send you supplies to participate in the program. This information will be used solely for the mailing of supplies, and you are welcome to opt-out for any reason. All packages will have neutral information on the outside, and will say from Canadian Roots Exchange. If for any reason, you are unable to give out your home address but would still like to receive the supplies, please let us know and we will do our best to make accommodations.
This survey will take you 10-12 minutes to complete. For any questions, please contact Amanda: email@example.com
We understand that there are many reasons why the Two Spirit community would need their personal information to remain confidential. We commit to protect your personal information from being divulged without your consent.
Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure
The online videoconference sessions (Zoom) will be only made available to participants of the program, and guest facilitators, invited guests, elders and CRE staff who are scheduled to be in the sessions. You will receive a schedule of this closer to the start of the program. As a group, we will discuss how we want the privacy of the group to be respected as well as all your work, images, as well as videos or photos of yourself produced or shared with us throughout the course of the program. There may be an opportunity to showcase or share our work with others, and prior to this happening, you will receive consent forms where you can choose which ways you would like to be represented and whether you would like to be represented.
We know it is important for many reasons for our participants’ identity to be protected and kept safe and the priority for the sessions is to create a sense of community and to talk about regalia, queerness, identity and craft, sew or bead together.
The artwork featured on the graphics for this project was commissioned from Moe Butterfly.
If you are interested in participating in CRE’s Virtual Two Spirit Regalia Making, please apply by February 14, 2021. If you know others who may be interested or may benefit from this program please forward this information to them and/or invite them to reach out using the contact info listed below.
For more information, contact:
Indigenous Wellness Specialist