The Mi’kmaq have been using porcupine quills for centuries, to create patterns on clothing, tools, jewelry and baskets. The European market created a demand for new styles and items to be created, women’s purses, and intricately designed embellishments on furnishings and cradles became very popular.

I consider my own work to be contemporary, I use the traditional quill insertion in birch bark technique, to create one of a kind pieces inspired by my teachings, our connection to Mother Earth and to address issues faced by Indigenous people in today’s society.

Quills to honour the ancestors