Lisa Shepherd is a Métis art and culture educator. Below is an overview of the educational programs Lisa can be consulted for: weekend beading workshops for private groups, art or cultural presentations at schools or community centres, jigging lessons for groups, and performances of the theatrical dance piece she wrote. Scroll down for more details, and then contact Lisa to discuss how she can help personalize a lesson or event just for you.
You'll also find on this page any upcoming workshops open to the public, along with registration details or links.
UPDATE SPRING 2020: Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, all workshops are on hold.
WORKSHOPS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Arts - Women´s Circle - Traditional Metis BeadworkREGISTRATION DEADLINE HAS PASSED at the ACT Arts Centre, Maple Ridge, BC October 15-November 05, 2018 (4 classes) Mondays, 7:00-9:00pm $120 During this weekly women's circle, you will learn Métis beading while you share stories over a pot of tea. Work at your own pace on your bead work. Reap wellness as our heart rate slows, blood pressure regulates, shed stress and connect with other women. An evening of traditional art, mind and spirit.
BEADWORK & MOCCASINS TEACHING Lisa will visit your community group and teach up to 12 participants over the course of a weekend. Meet up on Friday night for an introduction and preliminary work, work through Saturday and wrap-up by Sunday at noon. Whether your workshop is taught to introduce beginners to a new art or to 'level up' the skills and techniques of your existing stitching circle, Lisa will bring cultural teachings and fun stories that your participants will connect with.
Métis art promotes the exploration of how we connect as people of the land. Lisa offers workshops for K-12 for half day or full day to delve into Métis culture in both a historical and contemporary context. Cultural presentations are experiential with opportunities for students to engage their senses and ignite critical thinking. The presentation can be repeated throughout the day for several classrooms. If you want a more in-depth immersion, an Artist in Residence program allows your students to learn a skill like beadworking or moccasin making over the span of several weeks as they work to create a legacy project.
MÉTIS JIGGING WORKSHOPS & PERFORMANCES
Lisa offers workshops and weekly classes, as well as performances for special events. Métis jigging dates back to the pioneering days of our European grandfathers, but is still celebrated today with performances and competitions happening right across the country. The dance is influenced by both European folk dance and Indigenous prairie dance. It is often danced on an irregular beat ("crooked" music") to live fiddle music. The dance is upbeat and lively.
Are you interested in a weekend of Métis culture and learning? Consider combining a beadworking or moccasin-making workshop with an evening of dance. Lisa will help you design a full program to add the greatest value for your community.
"BANNOCK & OATMEAL" - A ONE-ACT THEATRICAL DANCE PIECE written by Lisa Shepherd; performed by Lisa Shepherd, Jillian Knuttila, Ron Gerard & Carl Hampson Bannock & Oatmeal shares the oral tradition of Métis dance while helping connect the dots of what it means to be Métis. Does it mean a person is French and Cree? White or red? Perhaps, there is much more to the story than this. Bannock & Oatmeal peals away the layers of mixed ancestry, fiddle music and Celtic dance of one of Canada's Indigenous Peoples to reveal a teaching that is thousands of years old. The show is one part story, one part dance and two parts heartbeat.
To inquire about booking a workshop, school visit or performance, send a message through the CONTACT page. If possible, include your location, suggested dates and what sort of workshop or teaching you are looking for.