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Labrador teacher shares Inuit culture with St. John’s students through art – CBC

by ahnationtalk on December 5, 202342 Views

Dec 05, 2023

Hopedale artist Trudy Flowers teaches students traditional crafting

Trudy Flowers, an Inuit artist and teacher from Hopedale, has spent the last three weeks buzzing around St. Matthew’s School in St. John’s giving lessons to their students about her culture and teaching them new skills.

Flowers told CBC News she’s been teaching students from kindergarten to Grade 7, working mostly with sealskin.

“We’ve made some little Inuk dolls, we’ve make some ulus and inukshuks, and drums,” Flowers said.

It’s all happening because Laun Shoemaker, a teacher and librarian at the school, applied for a $7,000 grant from the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council, and because Carino Processing, a South Dildo seal oil and textile company, donated about a dozen sealskin pelts to the program.

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