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12:00pm – 1:00pm
Student’s Association Building, Rm 105


Over a one-hour period, this workshop will take participants through the process of creating handmade paper. In keeping with Cardinal’s nêhiyaw tradition, the first handmade paper sheet pulled will be gifted away to the project, while the participant has a choice to bring the rest of their pulled sheets home with them. The papers left with the Artist from the workshop, will be made into an 8-pointed star quilt reflecting both the St. Mary’s logo, as well as the original teachings from the surrounding nations who utilize star quilts in their gifting protocols. The finished artwork will remain on the StMU Campus as a permanent piece in their collections. As the artist continues her time at St. Mary’s until the end of August, she will be engaging with Elders, local knowledge holders, and community members to have conversations leading back to these teachings. Light refreshments will be offered.

To register, please contact Tamara Lee-Anne Cardinal at cardinal.tamara@gmail.com


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Tamara Lee-Anne Cardinal

Tamara Lee-Anne Cardinal

Tamara Lee-Anne Cardinal, is a multimedia artist, community activist, oskâpêwis, and lifelong learner. Born and raised in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, she currently lives in Treaty 7 territory within Mohkínstsis (Calgary). Tamara traces her ancestral roots back to both Saddle Lake Cree Nation in Treaty 6, and the once German occupied lands of Ukraine. Having graduated with her Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in sculpture, from the Alberta College of Art + Design in 2015, Tamara has since been a recipient of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Young Artists Award 2017, as well as the National BMO Art! Competition Award for her graduating work “Back Into the Earth: Creation and the Interpretation of Meaning”, which speaks to her core interests in community, family history, and our human connection with Mother Earth. Tamara attended the 2016 Indigenous Visual + Digital Arts Residency in Banff, Alberta where she created “Akohp: A Blanket” most recently featured in the 2017 Alberta Biennial at the Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton. Tamara currently works within the urban Indigenous community as a Child Support Worker through Awo Taan Healing Lodge offering creative programming to families seeking shelter from domestic violence. Her artwork continues to be a reflection of the teachings she receives along her journey, inviting all people to become a part of the process.