Book on beadwork aims to preserve native culture

23 mars 2015
by Lynn Desjardins
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Joella Hogan (left) and Kaylie-ann Hummel hold examples of Northern Tutchone beadwork that will be displayed in the Na-cho Nyak Dun offices.
Photo Credit: CBC

Many indigenous groups across Canada make great efforts to preserve their language and culture, and the latest involves a book being created to document beadwork. The Na-Cho Nyak Dun First Nation in the northern territory of Yukon will soon publish the book which will catalogue current and historical examples of the region’s beadwork and slipper making.

The project will illustrate the blend of traditions in their own community, as well as patterns and designs used by other First Nations.

The book will combine new work with beading from elders as well as archival photographs, some of them from the National Archives in Ottawa.



Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Lynn has dedicated her working life to journalism. After decades in the field, she still believes journalism to be a pillar of democracy and she remains committed to telling stories she believes are important or interesting.
Lynn loves Canada and embraces all seasons: skiing, skating, and sledding in winter, hiking, swimming and playing tennis in summer and running all the time. She is a voracious consumer of Canadian literature, public radio programs and classical music. Family and friends are most important. Good and unusual foods are fun. She travels when possible and enjoys the wilderness.

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