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Artisan Spotlight: Yahsti Perkinskiller

Artisan Spotlight: Yahsti Perkinskiller

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Coming from a traditional family, I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn our ways from my father. He taught me how to tie my own bustle at the young age of ten years old. By the time I was 15, I was beading my own outfit. From there I was on my way to making my attire on my own. But, there was one thing missing.

It wasn't until the year of 2014 that I was able to learn how make the Wapesha (headdress). Following our traditional protocols, I brought gifts to a man by the name of Richard Street. A legendary Wapesha maker, Richard was kind enough to accept my gifts, and in turn teach me the Wapesha making ways. Since receiving the right, I'm now hoping to teach my children. My hopes are they will teach their children, passing on our traditional ways!

Yahsti has created the headroaches for Powwow! Ohcîwin The Origins. Have a peek at some of his work below.

Powwow! Ohcîwin The Origins

Ohcîwin is a Cree word meaning “The Origin” or telling of a story where something originated.

Powwow! Ohcîwin The Origins features 7 powwow dance styles, with full Regalia and craft work.  Curators and creators, Patrick Mitsuing and Marrisa Mitsuing, have gathered the stories, worked with the Artisans, and carefully built the Regalia for this exhibition.

This exhibition is on display at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery (MAG) until February 27, 2021. Book your visit today!


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