This project explores the inaugural convergence of National Indigenous People's month and the newly announced, National Filipino Heritage Month in June 2019.
In the Filipino language, "habi" means "weave" - referring to the practice of weaving, or the patterns found in woven materials. HABI is also the process by which something is kept together and made whole.
This month-long public programming series will feature three community arts workshops exploring Indigenous history, labour, migration, and our relationship with the land.
All programs are FREE and will be offered at the Small Arms Inspection Building (SAIB) located on the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation along Lake Ontario's eastern waterfront.
Guest artists, Cynthia Alberto (Weaving Hand, NYC) will introduce the concept of zero-waste weaving and how sustainable weaving practices can benefit the environment.
Maria Montejo (Jakaltec/Popti) will share stories of Mayan weaving practices. Kwentong Bayan and Kapwa Collective will share indigenous weaving practices of the Philippines.
Participants will learn how to use custom backstrap looms that can be used while sitting on the ground, standing, or sitting in a chair.
Weaving materials will be provided, but we ask participants to bring their own recyclable and fabric-based items like plastic or paper bags, donated clothing, ribbon, yarn, string, and personal items that they would like to weave into their zero-waste projects.
This workshop is limited to 30 participants. You must register to reserve your spot on Eventbrite.
The SAIB is an accessible venue with single-user, all-gender washrooms available. Refreshments provided. Child-friendly space.
Image courtesy of Kapwa Collective, photo by Eloisa Guerrero