Language Learning Literacy
Quillworks for making the Ki Kinnection!
Centuries of quillwork make up Canada's Apology Curriculum with the Art of Reconciliation.

“I’ve heard about Quillwork, but I’m not quite sure what it’s all about”
ABC - Art Before Contact

An Aboriginal Alphabet: Celebrating The ART of Native Literacy, the connection “ki” kinnection to the Land. Quill to Quill is an alphabetically organized photo library with stunning images of native quill work, dating back centuries before contact.

(Find the root word)
Q2Q Quill to Quill: Curriculum Guidelines

Quill to Quill represents a new beginning honouring the ABC’s of Canadian Literacy, celebrating First Nations, Inuit and Metis people, language, and culture. It is the intention of the Quill to Quill to share respect for the diversity of Canada’s aboriginal people, honouring the profound connection they shared with the land. It is the time for mainstream to be humble, to acknowledge, apologize and make efforts to learn the language and the teachings. We walk together towards reconciliation.

  “New Beginnings”  shared thanks to Victoria Grace Cousineau, Our Celebrated Quill Artists for 2011G’chi Miigwech, Merci, Thank you G’zhem Mnidoo for Victoria’s Amazing Grace.

“This picture depicts me and my recovery from a transplant. I held on to my dream of a successful recovery so that I might dance again with my daughter and witness her marriage and know her children. I told people I was not going to die because THE CREATOR "shem ni doo" (G'zhem Mnidoo) put me here. I did not know what it was yet, but my journey was not yet fulfilled.” “New Beginnings” - a story of Transformation: "Butterfly- Woman" in Ojibwe, “Memengwenh-Kwe”

Meet and Greet Our Characters in Quillworks for Storytelling!

Ralph is a lonely Porcupine, “pine-ing” the loss of his quills, .... until one night in the dreamtime he meets the illusive Rachel. OMG - “Oh My Gaag!” What will happen next?

Strawberry Woman, “O’demin-Kwe”  dances passionately from her heart. She dances throughout the seasons,  especially in June to celebrate  National Aboriginal Month, Summer Solstice and the beautiful strawberry moon. She dances from her “berry heart”,
wearing her heart on her sleeve right through to Canada Day.  “Kina-de” Canada Day means everything from the heart. She is a pure hearted spirit dancer all year round.

“Grass Dancer” dances to maintain the heart beat of Mother Earth, (earth, art, and heart). Recovering spirit through dance, he dances for National Aboriginal Month and Father’s Day too! He is our year round Grass Dancer with rhythm and flow he makes his feet go!

Eagle is Mgizii, so high up in the sky, he watches and waits and protects all our prayers on route  to the Creator.

“Waterlily” ...for it’s not until she sees her own light, she leaves a gift for future generations, sharing our songs, stories and campfires,  around our great lakes.

Plenty - our Abundance, is Canadian A for aboriginal, art, sharing our abundance.

Exhibited across Turtle Island, Victoria Grace Cousineau is pleased to have her work celebrated at home, featured at the Huronia Museum, Midland ON and more recently in March 2011 at Orillia’s International Women’s Art Show, “Harmony”, OMAH, Orillia Museum of Art and History.

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