Mi’kmaw designer makes gown with birchbark bodice, hopes to motivate youth to learn about culture – CBC

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Mi’kmaw designer makes gown with birchbark bodice, hopes to motivate youth to learn about culture – CBC

by ahnationtalk on June 15, 202226 Views

Jun 14, 2022

Gown also features traditional Mi’kmaw designs

After sitting in storage since 2019, a birchbark gown finally found the spotlight this past weekend at an Indigenous fashion show in New Brunswick.

Sgoagani Wecenisqon designed the piece that features a birchbark bodice with Mi’kmaw designs sewn in. It also features lace floral details on the gown’s long black skirt.

Wecenisqon, who is Mik’maw from Esgenoôpetitj First Nation, started designing only a few years ago. She hopes her work inspires the younger generation to learn more about their culture.

“I want to give that back to a lot of the youth who don’t really know much of that,” she said.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/mi-kmaw-designer-birchbark-gown-1.6488325

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