, 2023-01-21 13:30:07,
Meghan Akiwenzie has found peace and healing in beadwork.
The Northern College student, shop teacher and artisan says she discounted a lot of the good her craft could bring to her life when she was younger.
She began doing accounts in high school when she attended an indigenous-focused high school program.
“I just saw it as something to do,” says Akiwenzie. “I didn’t see the therapeutic value in it, I didn’t see the spiritual, emotional or mental need behind doing something like that.”
Since reconnecting with art and her culture, she says the trusted accounts have helped her break free, and the peace it brings isn’t always obvious.
“I can sit with friends and just do the math for hours, and we don’t have to say anything,” says Akiwenzie. “We are relational beings, it is very simple and I like that”.
Akiwenzie says that she always had access to the ceremonies, but was never present in her family or in her daily life.
“It wasn’t something we did often,” she says. “I had danced when I was little.”
Although she was born and raised in Sudbury, her family is part of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation, which is located around Sarnia.
Her reconnection with the beads occurred when she moved to Timmins and attended a workshop at the Timmins Museum: NEC.
“The lady who gave the workshop, I saw her passing through a…
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