I just wanted to express how grateful I am for the knowledge and weaving instruction Todd Giihlgiigaa DeVries provided myself, my wife and some of our friends as well as the many others at his public drop in weaving classes held in Vancouver on Tuesday nights.
For me it has truly been a way for me to connect with my ancestors. I feel my Great Grandmother the master Secwepemc weaver Christine Hardie herself smiling down on me when I am working with the sacred cedar tree bark.
It is a connection to the creator and the earth. It is very grounding and therapeutic. It is truly the tree of life, and learning this first hand has made my presentations so much more authentic and engaging. It is amazing to teach of this wonderful Superstore of a tree and our ancestors ways of creating so many items and products from her.
Haw’aa my friend, I am forever grateful for this amazing gift you shared with me that I now share with students and teachers on the BC Artifacts Mobile Museum Tours.