The importance of weaving to our Indigenous peoples on the coast of British Columbia cannot be overstated. Aside from the practical use of our blankets, shawls, sashes, capes, leggings, and so on, the practice of weaving is a time-honoured traditions used to pass down valuable knowledge. These teachings would be offered through the process of weaving itself but also embodied in the woven designs emanating from the weaver. Our Indigenous artwork is a written language. This means our history, our culture, our worldview, and even our laws are written through these designs. Encoded in each weaving is a roadmap on how to live healthy, productive, honourable, and dignified lives.
Golden Eagle’s “Weaving for Life” Initiative is an effort to reinvigorate the practice of weaving here in British Columbia. With the assistance of some of the best weavers in Canada we will furnish communities with the equipment and instruction needed to strongly bring back this tradition along with the teachings involved with it that are so imperative to our communities’ health.