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SEVEN SACRED LAWS THROUGH GRAFFITI

The Seven Sacred Laws through Graffiti workshop combines traditional knowledge on wellness and personal accountability with
teachings about graffiti and urban-styled art.


Participants will learn how to colour one of the graffiti styled word of one of the teachings (Truth, or Courage etc.). They will add imagery of animals, medicine wheels and any other cultural symbols that are relevant to their lives. This image will act as a reminder of the importance of wellness in our lives.

While participants are working on their art piece, the 7 Sacred Teachings will be introduced and discussed. Interactive teachings

will be shared with a PowerPoint, and music. This is an experiential activity in that participants will actively be working while they

absorb to the teachings. A component of the teachings will cover street art, and the evolution of graffiti into mainstream culture.

We talk about how many artists are now using this art form in national galleries, to highlight injustice in our communities, and

empower young people. We talk about how this art form is used for positive community projects and when used respectfully can

have powerful effects.


Theme: Honouring our Inner Wisdom, and exploring how the Seven Sacred Laws relate to our lives.

Time Frame: 90 Minutes for drawing workshop, 3 hours for painting workshop

Age Group: 10 - Elder

Artistic Ability Required: None.

This workshop uses pre-designed graffiti images and stencils


Optional Education Kit can be purchased for facilitators, and will include:

Materials list for a multitude of projects that could be completed with kit

Booklet that includes the 7 Sacred Teachings, and how to apply them to each quadrant of our medicine wheel

PowerPoint presentation

Graffiti drawings of the Seven Sacred Laws that can be copied for art projects

This workshop brings together 3

main concepts:

Intergenerational Resilience and the passing down of sacred gifts (inner resources, protective factors and capacities) for

well-being through traditional knowledge.

How to incorporate Street Art styles in a respectful way that encourages constructive uses of the art form.

Youth and the Seven Sacred Laws: How we can make traditional knowledge relevant to youth today

STAR BLANKET MEDICINE MURAL

Renewal through morning ceremony, the effects of colonization on our ceremonial practices and the importance of
individual contribution to the community.

Participants will create a mural for their community, classroom or school based on the teachings of the star blanket. We will share

the history of the star blanket and the buffalo robes that preceded them. Each participant will receive a worksheet to reflect on

what they would like to renew in their life, or their community. Goals can be drawn, or written. Their best ideas will be

transferred to individual diamond shapes that will then be put together to create a star blanket. The mural can be done on wood

or cardboard.

Theme: Renewal through morning ceremony, the effects of colonization on our ceremonial practices and the importance of

individual contribution to the community.

Time Frame: 5 – 6 Hours

Age Group: 6 - Elder

Artistic Ability Required: None.

This workshop uses pre-cut diamond shapes that participants will work on. Each piece will be put together to create a

star blanket


Optional Education Kit can be purchased for facilitators, and will include:

Star blanket medicine mural kit in wood or cardstock

Booklet that includes the teachings around star blankets and project ideas

Handout on Colour Teachings

This workshop brings together 3 main concepts:

Intergenerational Resilience and the passing down of sacred gifts (inner resources, protective factors and capacities) for

well-being through traditional knowledge.

How the individual contribution of our gifts are essential to creating a healthy community

MEDICINE WELLNESS PLAN

4 aspects of human life, balance, goal setting for health and wellness

Each one of us is born with a sacred gift to contribute to our community. It is up to us to discover, nurture and express our gift.

The Medicine Wheel Wellness Plan is a painting or drawing workshop where participants create a map to reflect on their current

state of wellness and to set realistic goals for themselves. We will talk about sacred, or natural law and the importance of

honouring our gift of life and our place in the wheel of creation. We will also use Brofenbrenner’s ecological model to explore the healthy support networks in our lives Participants will be equipped with the skills to be able to take this lesson into the classroom.

Theme: 4 aspects of human life, balance, goal setting for health and wellness

Time Frame: 90 Minutes

Age Group: 10 - Elder

Artistic Ability Required: None. This workshop uses pre-designed worksheets and stencils

Optional Education Kit can be purchased for facilitators, and will include:

Worksheets and instructions

Booklet that includes the Medicine Wheel Wellness Plan teachings

Handout on Colour Teachings

This workshop brings together 3 main concepts:

Intergenerational Resilience and the passing down of sacred gifts (inner resources, protective factors and capacities) for

well-being through traditional knowledge.

Our purpose in life is to discover and nurture our sacred gift. We do this by balancing and strengthening our medicine

wheel.

The importance of support networks, and finding healthy communities.

SELF-PORTRAIT PAINTING

How do we view ourselves within the wheel of creation? What do we contribute to our community? What are our goals for our sacred gift?

Participants will learn the basics of portrait art by painting their portrait. First photos of participants are taken and projected onto

canvas. The participant then has their image drawn onto the canvas, making the process much easier. I break down the steps to

creating a portrait. Participants are encouraged to add their own style, and elements in the background. The painting acts as a

celebratory image to empower and remind participants of their rich ancestral heritage and positive personal attributes. The end of the project can culminate in a community art show and celebration to highlight the success of the participants.

Theme: How do we view ourselves within the wheel of creation? What do we contribute to our community? What are our goals for our sacred gift?

Time Frame: Multiple day. Usually 5 days of classes 2 hours at a time.

Age Group: 10 - Elder

Artistic Ability Required:

Minimal

The project is meant to be expressionist and not based on making a perfectly realistic painting.

This workshop brings together 3 main concepts

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Intergenerational Resilience and the passing down of sacred gifts (inner resources), protective factors and capacities for

well-being from our ancestors

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Our place in the wheel of creation – Who are we? How can we view ourselves more positively and align with our life purpose?

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Honouring our sacred gift of life – The difference between ego and humbly acknowledging our gift of life.

MURAL MAKING

Youth Contributed Mural Creation

Over the years we have completed many murals as parts of different community initiatives. These works as always custom
designed and painted by the artist, and youth contributors.
Time Frame: Depending on scope of project
Age Group: any
Artistic Ability Required: None. Predesigned elements make these murals easy for participants to contribute to

RATTLE MAKING FOR YOUTH AND FAMILIES

Honouring our Ancestors as support for our healing, and maintaining wellness.

This workshop brings together traditional teachings about the significance of the rattle, and fostering healthy family relationships.

Rattles are said to be an important part of our bundles, or personal items designed for our wellness and to promote balance with

the world around us. Each part of the rattle has important teachings. We are to use these rattles in a sacred manner to honour our ancestors, ask for help when needed, and to acknowledge that our journey in life is a sacred one. All materials are gathered with a prayerful mind. All the handles, sand, and stones for the rattles are gathered from the Similkameen River with good thoughts for the participants and their families.


Theme: Honouring our Ancestors as support for our healing, and maintaining wellness.

Time Frame: 2 – 3 hour workshops

Age Group: 10 – Elder

Group Size – 12 participants

This workshop brings together 3 main concepts:

Intergenerational Resilience and the passing down of sacred gifts (inner resources, protective factors and capacities) for

well-being through traditional knowledge.

Honouring our families by practicing personal wellness

Honouring our Ancestors as support for our journeys

HONOURING OUR SACRED GIFTS

Applying the Seven Sacred Laws to our medicine wheel

Honouring our Sacred Gifts will work with three main concepts: Intergenerational Resilience, the Medicine Wheel and the Seven

Sacred Teachings to create a simple, yet powerful painting on canvas, or drawing. This painting will act as a visual wellness plan and is a lasting reminder of how we honour our gift of life.

Theme: Applying the Seven Sacred Laws as goals for our personal wellness.

Time Frame: 3 Hours

Age Group: Adult

Artistic Ability Required: None. This workshop uses pre-designed graffiti images and stencils

This workshop brings together 3 main concepts

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Intergenerational Resilience and the passing down of sacred gifts (inner resources), protective factors and capacities for

wellbeing from our ancestors

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Medicine Wheel – How do we honour our Sacred gifts in all 4 quadrants of our life – Physically, Mentally, Emotionally

and Spiritually?

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Seven Sacred Teachings. – Applying animal symbols to each quadrant in our medicine wheel to represent how we are to

honour our sacred gifts in each aspect of our life.

Optional Education Kit can be purchased, and will include:

Materials list for a multitude of projects that could be completed with kit

Booklet that includes the 7 Sacred Teachings, and how to apply them to each quadrant of our medicine wheel

Handout on Colour Teachings