An Indigenous PEI Experience: Handle Basket Weaving Workshop with Francis Jadis
Uncover the timeless art of basket weaving with Mi’kmaw artisan Francis Jadis. Join on October 5 for a remarkable Handle/Tapatat Basket Making Workshop, where participants will have the exclusive opportunity to create their very own masterpiece under the guidance of a seasoned craftsman. With only five spots available, this intimate gathering promises an enriching and personalized experience. Guided by Francis Jadis, delve into the art of weaving handle baskets. Learn the intricate techniques and traditions that have been cherished for generations. Whether a novice or experienced, Francis will tailor his instruction to suit individuals’ needs, ensuring they leave with a beautiful basket to cherish.
Francis Jadis is a true Mi’kmaw artisan with over 50 years of crafting experience across various mediums. Beyond traditional basket weaving, he specializes in crafting eagle fans, jingle dress belts, potato baskets, and baby bassinettes. Raised on Lennox Island and later Scotchfort, Francis developed his skills by observing family members and even sourcing ash wood during family trips to Maine. Over the decades, Francis has continued to pound the ash, obtaining raw materials from Maine and Plaster Rock, NB. His craftsmanship extends to boat building, having crafted dories and scowls for the fishing community. As the sole weaver in his family, Francis carries the hope of passing down his craft to his grandchildren, ensuring the tradition lives on.
Tickets can be purchased online at indigenouspei.simpletix.ca or in person at the Indigenous PEI storefront located at 111B Grafton Street, Ch’town, Epekwitk.