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By: MAG Staff
Eric Mentuck (pictured left) learned the bustle making craft from Andrew Mecas, who was a fancy dancer who lived in Waywayseecappo, MB. Eric is also a member of the Waywayseecappo First Nation. Waywayseecappo is located in the north east corner of the Treaty Four area.
Bustle making is a very time-consuming craft which takes weeks to complete. Knowing the feathers and where to use each type comes with the job and is one of the known traits of a good bustle maker. Eric has created over 150 matching bustle sets since April 2016 and now teaches the craft to students across Canada. Bustle Making has approximately 20 steps per feather/spike and each bustle set requires 90 feather/spikes.
Eric is an outdoor education teacher in Waywayseecappo who still makes bustles for friends and family members. Eric is also a husband and father to four daughters and one son. If Eric could describe some characteristics that a future bustle maker should have, they are: patience, attention to detail, improvement, consistency, and working long hours on continuous steps.
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Eric has created the majority of the featherwork for Powwow! Ohcîwin The Origins. Have a peek at some of his work below.
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!