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U of A students learn Indigenous art of porcupine quilling – Folio

by ahnationtalk on August 9, 201936 Views

Native studies class introduces students to a cultural tradition and the meaning behind it.

Skinning a porcupine in a University of Alberta classroom isn’t a normal occurrence, but for some students, it’s a transformative experience.

“A lot of us have not been raised learning our cultural traditions or ways of doing things, so I think it’s really important to have this here at university,” said Pam Greene, an undergraduate student in the Faculty of Native Studies.

The course, Porcupine Goes to the City: Quillwork Teachings, is the first time the faculty has offered a land-based class in an urban setting.

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