Bashkwegin Manitoba offers educational workshops for Indigenous and Non-Indigenous groups that focus on the traditional processes of building hand drum kits and the various hide tanning processes. Bashkwegin Manitoba’s Founder and Manager of Operations, Carl Froese, has had the opportunity to work with many First Nations elders and teachers to learn about each hide tanning and drum building variation (and the associated regional design) in order to stay true to the traditions that have been taught and passed down for hundreds of years. Together with his workshop hosts, Robert Caribou, and elder Ovide Caribou, the three are able to provide an Indigenous education and learning experience that is priceless. Depending on the needs of the customer, we can offer flexible workshops that range from one day drum building and hide demonstrations to 10-day bush camps that focus learning the several tanning techniques from start to finish.

Bashkwegin Manitoba educational workshops include (but not limited) to:

 

Half Day Hide Presentation

3 hours • $550

Considered as a show and tell presentation/ demonstration, we will provide a comprehensive presentation introducing the traditional methods used for each animal- includes demonstration. Other topics covered during this presentation include a full display of finished animal hides, hides during the tanning process, tools used, finished traditional garments, furs and animal parts. Materials will be provided and allows the opportunity for hands on interaction during all stages.

 

Full Day Hide Tanning Workshop

6 hours and up • $1,000

A condensed crash course that focuses on working through the entire hide tanning process (using several traditional techniques). This will require hands-on participation during every step. The price will includes all materials, hides and tools and every participant receives an instruction document and hide tanning book.

Bashkwegin also offers hide tanning workshops that can range anywhere from 2-10 days depending on the needs of the group.

 

Half Day Drum Building Workshop

3 hours • $450

Typically lasting 2-3 hours, this half day workshop focuses on building your own traditional hand drums from ready to assemble pieces. Afterwards, we will discuss Indigenous teachings about the drum including the history of the hand drum, traditional songs as well as the techniques used in playing the drums.

*The $450.00 workshop fee does not include the expenses of the drum kits, this will be an additional cost*

 

Full Day Drum Building Workshop

6 hours and up • $550 +

Typically a full day (6-8 hours), this full day workshop focuses on building the hand drums from scratch (cutting out rawhide, covers and intricate lace design). Once drums are assembled, we will discuss Indigenous teachings about the drum including the history of the drum, traditional songs and the techniques used in playing the drums.

*The $550 workshop fee does not include the expenses of the drum kits, this will be an additional cost*

 

We are more than happy to provide you with a customized quote depending on your needs! Please visit the contact us page to send us your inquiry!