Meet Margaret, Canadian Indigenous "Craft Police"
Margaret is a well-known community member and an entrepreneur in First Nations art and crafts. She's been selling since 1972. Initially, she started collecting items from remote communities on the Manitoba border that could be only accessed through bush planes. Eventually, she collected a lot of items that she couldn't move in her apartment and had to open a crafts store.
Fun Day at the Indigenous Artisan Marketplace
Last weekend I took my son Lucas to the Indigenous artisan marketplace and a holiday craft show that was held at the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto (NCCT) at 16 Spadina Road.It's an annual event that NCCT holds at their center around Christmas time to promote local Indigenous artists.
In the Spotlight: Mayan-Style Beaded Jewelry
Ricky Martin is a talented jewelry-maker from Guatemala who create intricate Mayan style jewelry, like necklaces, chokers and earrings. We've met him at one of our consultations with Indigenous artists in Toronto.