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The Mary Murray Cultural Camp is proud to present a four-day Anishinaabe strap dress workshop on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, May 4, 5, 6 and 7. All meals provided. Fee for all Anishinaabe tribal members is $100. We do have scholarships available for those in need. This will cover the cost of your strap dress and we will have some optional decorative elements available for purchase.

Our grandmothers wore strap dresses, and it is important to note that these dresses are unique to the Anishinaabe woodland people, they did not come from someplace else; they are ours and tell the story of identity above all else. Our goal is to share that history and also strap dress making knowledge with Anishinaabe women, using materials as close as we can get to those used by our grandmothers, to reclaim and revitalize this important dress for our women. - Siobhan Marks

Workshop presenters
Siobhan Marks -Midekwe of the Three Fires Midewiwin Lodge in Bad River
Neil Oppendike - Lifetime Ojibwe clothing maker of 60+ years

The workshop begins with a historical view followed by pattern making and then strap dress creation. Both the dress and sleeves will be sewn in class using either a sewing machine or by hand.

Registration forms and payments must be received to reserve your spot in the workshop by April 2. Registration forms can be obtained via Intranet, website, front desk of Sault Tribe Administration at 523 Ashmun Street in Sault Ste. Marie, Sault Tribe Advocacy Resource Center and Sault Tribe Community Health. You can also email Jackie Minton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Our grandmother's dress workshop – flyer and registration

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