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Cultural Connections: Moose & Caribou Hair Tufting Broach/Pin


The use of twisted caribou hair and moose hair for decoration is an old Athapascan Art form and the technique of tufting was a new art form developed in the early 1900s by two Metis women of Fort Providence.


Join us to learn this unique decorative art form with Elder Linda.


Friday, May 19

10:00am - 12:00pm (PT)


Don't forget to order your kits!!

  • Please email Elder Linda: lollipoplinda@yahoo.com

  • Tufting broach/pin kits cost $25.00 which includes postage. Be sure to give her at least 2 weeks to send it out to you

  • For this workshop you will need sharp scissors which can be bought at a dollar store.





Elder Linda Bio


My name is Judy Linda Van Wieringen. I am the past President and Region 3 Women’s Representative for the Vernon & District Metis Association.

I moved from Vancouver to Vernon in 1999 where I operated my home-based business UTMOST IMAGINATION.

In 2008, I became fascinated with my Cree/Metis heritage. I began studying our culture and teaching classes in traditional beadwork, drum/rattle making, moccasins/leather work, etc.

My Metis heritage comes from my mother’s side of the family. My great grandparent’s, Joseph Fidler (Cree/Ojibway) and Matilda Henry (Cree). My mother is one half Chinese and my father was Scottish/English.

In 2011, I became involved with the VDMA as the Secretary/Treasurer/Women’s Representative, then in 2018 I became President. In 2020 I also became the Region 3 Women’s Representative. I am currently living in Fort St John on the unceeded traditional territory of the Dunne-Zaa Nation and their peoples.


For the past years it has been my honor to have been involved as an Elder/Cultural Educator for the Nobody’s Perfect Peetigway, Mamawapowin and Headstart programs and the Canadian Mental Health Association in Vancouver.


As a Metis woman, my passion for sharing ideas and teaching others has been the best part of my life. I believe it is my duty to pass on my knowledge to future generations so that they may better understand the ways of our people and their traditions.









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