LAB.2030 | TAPISKWAN: Breathing New Life Into Atikamekw Heritage

LAB.2030 | TAPISKWAN: Breathing New Life Into Atikamekw Heritage

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Tue, 06/12/2018

In collaboration with the University of Montreal, the Tapiskwan initiative was launched in 2013 by the Atikamekw Nation Council. Supporting creative, social and economic development within the villages of Manawan and Wemotaci in the province of Quebec, every year a workshop is held to celebrate the traditions and culture of the Atikamekw Aboriginal community through design and crafts. With support from the university, the traditional creative styles are subtlety combined with contemporary techniques, allowing for two-way learning in which students are taught traditional craft methods in exchange for modern practices. This immersive event enables knowledge transfer and the preservation of the Atikamekw ancestral heritage. In providing a platform to sell the products, the initiative successfully supports economic and social development within the community. Being designated a UNESCO City of Design in 2006, Montreal is proud of its creative sector and is committed to its continued success. In collaborating with the Atikamekw Nation, the city challenges itself to push the boundaries of artistic innovation by integrating contemporary design while maintaining the rich heritage of the Atikamekw creativity.

 

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