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People’s Center hosts Cultural Arts and Crafts Day

By Adriana Fehrs

Alan Pierre helps Gigi Yazzie with her craft project on Saturday March 15 at the Culture Arts and Crafts Day at the People’s Center in Pablo. (Adriana Fehrs photo)Alan Pierre helps Gigi Yazzie with her craft project on Saturday March 15 at the Culture Arts and Crafts Day at the People’s Center in Pablo. (Adriana Fehrs photo)

PABLO — The People’s Center, located on Hwy 93 N., hosted another Cultural Arts and Crafts Day on Saturday March 15.

The once-a-month Cultural Arts and Crafts Day began in February as a means of helping individuals with their art projects. Marie Torosian, Education Director and Museum Exhibit Coordinator, says, “We were getting a lot of people calling and asking questions, needing help, on different Native American crafts. We set this up as a way to have people come in, and get help with different craft projects.”

Gigi Yazzie brought in fabric to make a wing dress for her seven-year-old granddaughter. Alan Pierre was there to help with construction of the dress.

Marie Torosian, Education Director/Museum Coordinator for the People’s Center in Pablo, works on a beading project during her Cultural Arts and Crafts Day. (Adriana Fehrs photo)Marie Torosian, Education Director/Museum Coordinator for the People’s Center in Pablo, works on a beading project during her Cultural Arts and Crafts Day. (Adriana Fehrs photo)

Torosian says, “Alan volunteers here a lot. He really knows a great amount about Native Arts and Crafts.”

The people’s center plans on hosting more Cultural Arts and Crafts days every third Saturday of the month, going from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The dates set so far are April 12, May 10 and June 28.

The People’s Center can also provide supplies for any Native American art/craft project. There is buckskin available, beads, needles and thread, and fabric. Torosian says, “All we ask is that you make a donation, in order for us to get more supplies.”

The Cultural Arts and Crafts day came to a close with drumming. Miranda Pierre, lead singer for the drum group, says she’s been drumming for three years, and singing for two. Along with Miranda, her two daughters Jayah Pierre and Taylen Voice, Alan Pierre, Jessica Old Person, Jazz Pierre, and Isaac Pierre sat at the drum. They started off by singing an honor song they learned at the Yakima powwow. The second and last song was a crow hop – a song they created. Alan Pierre says, “We have to hit culture from all aspects, we can’t rely on just one facet. That’s why we are here helping with the crafts, and teaching the little ones how to dance.”

Drumming closed the Cultural Arts and Crafts Day at the People’s Center in Pablo. Miranda Pierre, pictured right, sang lead for the two songs they preformed. (Adriana Fehrs photo)Drumming closed the Cultural Arts and Crafts Day at the People’s Center in Pablo. Miranda Pierre, pictured right, sang lead for the two songs they preformed. (Adriana Fehrs photo)

Torosian reminds us, “The People’s Center is here to help with any project, if we don’t have the know-how, we will find someone who does. I encourage anyone who wants to teach, on any craft, come in and join us.”

The People’s Center also conducts a weekly beading circle from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Thursday.

To learn more about the People’s Center, contact Marie Torosian at (406) 675-0160, or email at peoplescenter@cskt.org, or find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sqelixw.aqlsmaknik.

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