Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre

Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre
Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre

Cultural Activities

  • Deer tanning

    Deer Tanning

  • Drum making

    Students cutting out the skin for their drum.

  • Deer Tanning

    Students learning the traditional method of deer tanning. 

  • Hand Drumming

    Finished product! Four Directions Women's Hand Drum singers at the Celebration.

  • Deer Tanning

    Removing the hair from the hide.

  • Four Directions

    Welcome to Four Directions!

  • Hand Drum Singing

    Hand Drum Singing

  • Inside of the Tipi

    Inside of the Tipi! 

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Moccasin Making

In Aboriginal culture, the sweat lodge empowers the natural elements of our being with the four elements of water, air, fire, and earth. Each element brings a quality of balance to our lives. As you participate in the ceremony, you are purified with breathing, meditating, and in the sharing of words, prayers, songs, and storytelling. 

Students will be given teachings by the Elder beforehand and we will travel to Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory to participate. The sweatlodge can accommodate up to 15 participants. 

Full Moon Ceremonies

When the moon is full, a woman can do a ceremony to honour and seek guidance from Grandmother Moon. Women can ask Grandmother Moon for direction in life, for wisdom, and for help for her children and others. Grandmother Moon can give her healing and balancing energy to women. 

Please bring tobacco, water and a potluck dish to share with the women. Also bring your hand drum if you wish to share a song.

2017 Dates: May 10, June 8, July 10, August 8, September 6, October 5 @6pm, November 2 @6pm, December 4 @6pm

Drum Making

“One traditional grandmother talked about how in order to receive a drum, you have to know the teachings and songs that are associated with it. She said, “You have to earn the drum.” The more we know about our sacred items, such as the drum, the more we will know about ourselves and how to obtain and maintain balance amongst the four elements of our being.”

You will receive teachings on the drum and will have the opportunity to make your own hand drum.

Songs will be sung and we will do an awakening ceremony for our drum.

 

 

Sweatlodge​

In Aboriginal culture, the sweat lodge empowers the natural elements of our being with the four elements of water, air, fire, and earth. Each element brings a quality of balance to our lives. As you participate in the ceremony, you are purified with breathing, meditating, and in the sharing of words, prayers, songs, and storytelling. 

Students will be given teachings by the Elder beforehand and we will travel to Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory to participate. The sweatlodge can accommodate up to 15 participants. 

Learn to Hand drum & Sing

Indigenous people are using the drum as a healing tool. Singing and drumming is a part of the whole spiritual life of humans. With the act of singing their prayers, sharing stories and legends, singing medicine songs, we connect with each other, the drum and to our Mother Earth.

Beading

Gather with friends at Four Directions to bead necklaces, bracelets, and moccasins. 

Students Beading

 

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