Handle basket weaving

Workshop with Mi’kmaw Elder Francis Jadis

Elder Francis Jadis

An Indigenous PEI Experience: Handle Basket Weaving workshop with Mi’kmaw artisan Francis Jadis will be held October 5 from 5–9 pm at the Indigenous PEI storefront.

Uncover the timeless art of basket weaving. The Handle/Tapatat Basket Making workshop will offer participants the exclusive opportunity to create their own masterpiece under the guidance of a seasoned craftsman. With limited spots available, this intimate gathering promises an enriching and personalized experience. 

Francis has 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—even sourcing ash wood during family trips to Maine. He 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.

Guided by Francis, participants will delve into the art of weaving handle baskets and learn the intricate techniques and traditions that have been cherished for generations. Whether a novice or experienced participant, Francis will tailor his instruction to suit their needs, ensuring they leave with a basket to admire. 

Embrace Mi’kmaq culture and craftsmanship with Elder Francis Jadis and take home a handle basket and a deeper connection to a rich tradition. Secure a spot online at indigenouspei.simpletix.ca or in person at Indigenous PEI, 111B Grafton St, Charlottetown.