Indigenous Podium – University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Canada – Woven Collaborative
EARLY TEACHING SPACES
The petroforms sites of Manitoba are known as teaching and healing spaces. These spiritual rock formations created by First Nations people have been dated to be at least 1500 years old.
Distinct traditional beadwork designs can be seen in many In-digenous nations throughout Manitoba. We want to look at how to incorporate Metis, Cree, Anishinaabe and Dakota patterns into the podium design.
The petroform and beadwork imagery will start as the design inspiration to begin community involvement. A one day planning session that invites Indigenous elders, youth, and University of Winnipeg staff & students will be vital to this project. A portion of the project budget will go to a room rental, food & refreshments and honorariums.
Sustainability is integral to Indigenous design. A slab of reclaimed Manitoba oak will be the main feature of the podium. Indigenous designs will be cut into the wood by CNC machine. Several of thedesigns will be highlighted with an inlay of copper metal.