TWO SPIRIT YOUTH HIDE TANNING APPRENTICESHIP
*DEADLINE: MAY 13, 2023 @ 12 Midnight*
Creating space for Two Spirit hide tanning apprentices to learn about foundations of traditional deer hide brain tanning from more experienced Two Spirit hide tanners in a supportive environment. Apprentices will collectively work on deer hides in a small group at the June Apprentice Hide Camp with the goal of transforming the hides into beautiful smoked buckskin in 4 days! Apprentices will have in-person learning opportunities to go through the different stages of deer hide tanning with guidance and support from hide tanning mentors. Fall programming will be storing hides and brains and processing legs for tools. Winter programming will be learning about developing Hide Camps.
Info on Apprenticeship:
Apprentices get access to 3 gatherings (4 days each) of in-detail learning to traditional learn to tan deerskin hides and get in-depth knowledge to become an Indigenous LGBTQ+/Two-Spirit/Indig-queer identifying youth mentor for future teachers and hide tanning programming and program leader. For 1st time learners, this program is a lot of knowledge sharing but is a great experience with the chance to continue with the program and become a teacher and program developer. This program comes with a spot in this year's Niizh Manidook Hide Camp. More info can be offered and accommodations can be made.This is a free opportunity for this youth don’t hesitate to reach out with questions or concerns. This is a free opportunity for this youth don’t hesitate to reach out with questions or concerns. This is a free opportunity for this youth don’t hesitate to reach out with questions or concerns. This is a free opportunity for 1 Indigenous LGBTQ+/Two-Spirit/Indig-queer identifying youth.
-Must identify as Indigenous to Turtle Island
-Must identify as Two Spirit or Indig-queer or Indigenous esbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer, intersex, pansexual, two-spirit (2S), androgynous and asexual.
-Must be a youth from age 19-29
-Must commit to the dates and locations of Apprenticeship
1st (Spring) Apprenticeship date: June 16-19 2023
Location: Springwater Park, ON
Niizh Manidook Hide Camp: August 28- September 2 2023
Location: Chiefswood Park, Six Nations ON
2nd (Fall)Apprenticeship date: TBD (November)
Location: Tiny, ON
3rd (Winter) Apprenticeship date: TBD (Dec-Jan)
This programming opportunity is fully funded by our group to attend Apprenticeship and the Hide Camp. Travel, Food, accommodations, and supports like childcare options are offered for all this programming.
This program is a rare opportunity, we ask for the youth we accept to commit to attending all Apprenticeship Dates and Niizh Manidook Hide Camp Dates. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with interest, we can talk about the opportunity or logistics to make it happen and any resources that would be a limitation to applying we might be able to figure out accommodations. (example rides from city's like Toronto can be organized)