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Lorrie Gallant is a writer, illustrator, storyteller, and visual artist, born and raised on the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. She is the author and illustrator of the children's books, Bread and Cheese, Noi:a, No:ia, and Border Crossing, and is currently working on Little Lorrie and a Big Bowl of Corn Soup which is being illustrated in clay.
As the Public Education Extension Officer of the Woodland Cultural Centre in Brantford, Lorrie uses her gifts to reveal the rich culture and traditions of First Nations people through art based educational workshops. Lorrie worked on a community arts project to produce children’s books on the History of Wahta and Tyendinaga Mohawk Territories and the book The Voice of Our Elders for the community of Six Nations. Lorrie has continued this Elders Project and now has assisted in the publishing of 5 more books and one compilation book of elders stories and images from Six Nations. Her goal in all that she does is to educate and to inspire people to preserve their culture and traditions and celebrate who they are in this contemporary world!
Participants will have the opportunity to learn the significance of the wampum belt to the Haudenosaunee culture. Replicas will be on display with the stories that they tell along with the shells that the bead were created from. Using plastic beads and clay, participants of all ages can make a "Two Row Wampum" taking it safely home in a protective cd case.