Gathering: Indigenous Beadwork, Embroidery and Quillwork Exhibit

mámawihitowin  |  Ganaagishkwadaadiwin  |  Asenbli  |  Rencontre  |  Gathering

Just like Red and the Assiniboine meeting each other and gathering in one place, here are our grandmother stories from across Manitoba meeting together and expressing what’s in their hearts. Reflecting how our grandmothers/mémères/kookums would gather in their kitchens or salons and share stories, art, and knowledge between each other and pass this along to the next generations. Imagine these human connections and loving emotions woven into these family heirlooms, each piece for a family member or friend. We can feel our ancestors creating these pieces with love and passion in each garment. We hope that by sharing this collection of our grandmothers’ pieces through this exhibit, it will encourage the sharing of memories and connections to our families and the land itself throughout our communities. Displaying these pieces alongside each other, we hope to honour those stories of love and care passed down through time. The stories told within these pieces and by our grandmothers, are michin (medicine) our families and communities could use.

Curatorial Statement

Margaret Firlotte

Gaudry & Laferty Michif family name, Red River Michif


With work from the following artists:

Bronwyn Butterfield

Maeghen Fillion

David Heinrichs

Tashina Houle-Schlup

Shauna Ponask


With work from the following museums: 

Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library

Ross House Museum

Fort Dauphin Museum

Fort La Reine Museum

Hillcrest Museum

Le Musée de St. Boniface

Manitoba Museum

Sam Waller Museum

Seven Oaks House Museum

Transcona Museum

Winnipegosis Museum and Historical Society


Presented by the Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library and Ross House Museum

Thank you to our funders:

The Winnipeg Foundation

Province of Manitoba (Community Museums Project Grant)


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