Voyageur Apprentice Workshops

we invite you to become a voyageur apprentice!

Keeping traditions alive has always been an important part of what the Festival du Voyageur does. This is why we invite you to become an apprentice voyageur! For the duration of the festival we will be presenting a series of workshops and demonstrations designed to showcase the arts and crafts practiced by our ancestors. Come and experience what life was like in days gone by through hands-on demonstrations and interactive lectures. Knowledgeable artists and craftspeople will teach you how to do a number of important skills that would have been common knowledge to any voyageur. Let’s preserve these techniques and pass on important skills to future generations. Please note that demonstrations will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the workshops will take place from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Workshops will be presented on a variety of topics, including:

  • Métis beading
  • Voyageur Haversack Making
  • Flint Knapping
  • Carving & Woodworking
  • Coopering
  • Traditional Hide Tanning
  • Interactive Presentations
  • And many many more

Take home a souvenir that you made, just remember to pass that skill along and have fun! For more information regarding workshop schedules please visit www.heho.ca, consult our mobile app, or visit the 233-ALLÔ information centre in Voyageur Park or the friendly voyageurs at Fort Gibraltar. Please note that most workshops will take place on the 2nd floor of the Maison du Bourgeois, remember to show up early; space is limited.

COMPLETE SCHEDULE

Saturday, February 18


DEMONSTRATIONS IN FORT GIBRALTAR’S HISTORIC CABINS

Workshop cabin 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Coopering with Barry Webb

Coopering is a highly skilled trade dating back for thousands of years.  The cooper fashions sturdy shipping containers out of wooden staves held together using only hoops, without glue or nails.

DEMONSTRATIONS ON THE 2ND FLOOR OF LA MAISON DU BOURGEOIS (FORT GIBRALTAR)

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Flint knapping with archaeologist Chris Whaley
  • Journal Making with Janet Carroll
  • Indigenous pottery with archeologist Catherine Flynn
  • Felting with Sharon Gowryluk
WORKSHOPS ON THE 2ND FLOOR OF LA MAISON DU BOURGEOIS (FORT GIBRALTAR)

3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Learn how to make tools out of stone with Archeologist Chris Whaley (limit: 10 people)

Make a plain old rock into a useful tool! Using age-old techniques our expert will show you how people developed these essential skills to survive in times gone-by.

3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Journal Making with paper artist Janet Carroll (limit: 10 people)

Bookmaking is an old craft but anyone can do it.  Join us to make a small journal by sewing pages into a cover of elegant handmade paper.  Personalize your book by decorating its cover or making a cord wrap closure.

3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Indigenous pottery with archeologist Catherine Flynn

3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Felting with Sharon Gowryluk

Learn to make a 4 inch felted Canadian white owl.

Sunday, February 19

DEMONSTRATIONS IN FORT GIBRALTAR’S HISTORIC CABINS

Red River Skirmish
South Gate of Fort Gibraltar 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Watch an authentic display of historical military tactics right inside Voyageur Park! La Compagnie de La Vérendrye and The Forces of Lord Selkirk will be drilling with flintlock muskets and black powder, demonstrating how battles were fought years ago. Join them in Fort Gibraltar before and after the battle, and discuss the reality of a soldier’s life in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Demonstrations on the 2nd floor of the Maison du Bourgeois (Fort Gibraltar)

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Birch Bark baskets with Mark Blieske
  • Brain tanning with Manitoba Buckskin
  • Glass Bead Making with Ashlyn Noble
  • Woodcarving with Gens de Bois
Workshops on the 2nd floor of the Maison du Bourgeois (Fort Gibraltar)

3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Making Birch Bark baskets with Mark Blieske

Make your own birch bark basket using traditional Aboriginal techniques with carpenter Mark Blieske.

3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Brain tanning with Manitoba Buckskin

All natural traditional brain-tanning bison hide / buffalo robe.  We work with deer, elk, moose, bison, caribou, muskox hides, transforming them from raw skins to soft finished leather by hand, using all natural materials and centuries old processes.  The result is beautiful, soft, smoky leather that is durable and strong, respecting the earth and the animal. www.manitobabuckskin.com

3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Glass Bead Making with Ashlyn Noble

3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Woodcarving with Les Gens de Bois

Learn how to carve your own wood spirit with our highly skilled woodcarvers.

Monday, February 20

DEMONSTRATIONS IN FORT GIBRALTAR’S HISTORIC CABINS

Warehouse Cabin at Fort Gibraltar 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Weaving Fishing Nets

The demonstrations in the warehouse will include weaving a Seine River fishing net. This kind of net was common in the Red River settlement and used to catch a variety of fish.

Demonstrations on the 2nd floor of the Maison du Bourgeois (Fort Gibraltar)

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Métis arts and crafts with Nancy Gouliquer
  • Métis Beading with artist Jennine Krauchi (kids are welcome)
  • Woodcarving with Gens de Bois
  • Crafts with Sharon Gowryluk
  • Animation workshop presented by Freeze Frame, Media Arts Centre for Kids
Workshops on the 2nd floor of the Maison du Bourgeois (Fort Gibraltar)

3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
”Sac à feu” with Nancy Gouliquer

Voyageurs will want to carry this fur-trade themed and decorated leather neckbag or “Sac à feu” to store their fire-making tools or other personal items.

3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Métis Beading with artist Jennine Krauchi (kids are welcome)

Be that person with the beautiful beadwork! Learn how to make your own traditional métis-style beaded crafts with our resident expert.

3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Woodcarving with Gens de Bois.

Learn how to carve your own wood spirit with our highly -skilled woodcarvers.

3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Clothespin dolls with Sharon Gowryluk

Make traditional clothespin dolls. Using just a clothespin, yarn and fabric scraps you can recreate early Canadian dolls.

3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Animation workshop presented by Freeze Frame, Media Arts Centre for Kids

Saturday, February 25

DEMONSTRATIONS IN FORT GIBRALTAR’S HISTORIC CABINS

Workshop cabin 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Coopering with Barry Webb

Coopering is a highly skilled trade dating back for thousands of years.  The cooper fashions sturdy shipping containers out of wooden staves held together using only hoops, without glue or nails.

Demonstrations on the 2nd floor of the Maison du Bourgeois (Fort Gibraltar)

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Métis arts and crafts with Nancy Gouliquer
  • Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library
  • Animation workshop presented by Freeze Frame, Media Arts Centre for Kids
  • Indigenous pottery with archeologist Catherine Flynn
  • Métis Beading with artist Jennine Krauchi (kids welcome)
Workshops on the 2nd floor of the Maison du Bourgeois (Fort Gibraltar)

3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Haversacks Nancy Gouliquer

The ever-active voyageur will find this Haversack, made from an HBC blanket piece in the French style, and decked with a leather fringe, to be a handy and good-looking accessory.

3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library

3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Animation workshop presented by Freeze Frame, Media Arts Centre for Kids

3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Indigenous pottery with archeologist Catherine Flynn

3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Métis Beading with artist Jennine Krauchi (kids are welcome)

Be that person with the beautiful beadwork! Learn how to make your own traditional métis-style beaded crafts with our resident expert.

Sunday, February 26

DEMONSTRATIONS IN FORT GIBRALTAR’S HISTORIC CABINS

Red River Skirmish
South Gate of Fort Gibraltar 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Watch an authentic display of historical military tactics right inside Voyageur Park! La Compagnie de La Vérendrye and The Forces of Lord Selkirk will be drilling with flintlock muskets and black powder, demonstrating how battles were fought years ago. Join them in Fort Gibraltar before and after the battle, and discuss the reality of a soldier’s life in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Demonstrations on the 2nd floor of the Maison du Bourgeois (Fort Gibraltar)

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Flint-knapping with archaeologist Chris Whaley
  • Brain tanning with Manitoba Buckskin
  • Wooden Spoons with Mark Blieske
  • Glass Bead Making with Ashlyn Noble
Workshops on the 2nd floor of the Maison du Bourgeois (Fort Gibraltar)

3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Learn how to make stone tools with archaeologist Chris Whaley (limit 10 people)

Turn an ordinary rock in handy! Using ancient techniques, our expert show you how old people have developed these techniques essential to their survival.

3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Brain tanning with Manitoba Buckskin

All natural traditional brain-tanning bison hide / buffalo robe.  We work with deer, elk, moose, bison, caribou, muskox hides, transforming them from raw skins to soft finished leather by hand, using all natural materials and centuries old processes.  The result is beautiful, soft, smoky leather that is durable and strong, respecting the earth and the animal. www.manitobabuckskin.com

3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wooden Spoons with Mark Blieske

3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Glass Bead Making with Ashlyn Noble

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