Bead, Hide and Fur Symposium

Bead, Hide and Fur Symposium

YFNCT hosted the inaugural Bead, Hide and Fur Symposium March 29th to 31st and welcomed over 65 Indigenous artists with representation from all 14 Yukon First Nations. This is an exciting time as a beading and fur revolution and revitalization movement is taking place in Yukon and in Indigenous communities all across Canada. Young people are reclaiming the art forms of their grandmothers while learning how to bead, sew, and prepare materials to create beautiful and useable pieces. Many are taking these skills further and adding contemporary ideas and techniques to their work to bring in their unique contributions to beading. There is also a growing interest and demand for Indigenous art from both the general public, in retail and for galleries. With all of this growth and demand, it is a critical time to discuss both the growing opportunities and challenges within this uniquely Indigenous industry.
 
Over the course of the symposium, delegates shared ideas to help build a vibrant network of connections, relationships and friendships as we all work together to strengthen this growing sector of exquisite, Indigenous art. The two days were filled with colourful beads and much laughter!