HEALING BY BEADING
by Marilyn A. Francis
Agnes Gould known as Ms. Aggie Baby is a radio host on a First Nations radio station and an artist from Membertou. She has dealt with grief and trauma in her life and yet shares hope and inspiration through her work. Aggie arrived in Yarmouth and held our first workshop at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. We began with a smudge at my home and prayers for a good day. Aggie had prepared turtle beading kits for the participants for beginners and allowing us to get familiar of the materials and beads used.
JUDY GOOGOO (MI’KMAQ) MEMBER OF APAJI-WLA’MATULINEJ ON TRADITIONAL MEDICINAL PLANTS
Judy Googoo (Mi’Kmaq) shares her vast knowledge of medicine plants. Judy leads workshops on everything from plants, to hand drum making, tanning moose hides – everything connected to living on the land. She also is an artist and runs a craft shop in Wagmacook and a barber shop!
Anita is from the Metepenagiag Mi’gmaq Nation in New Brunswick. She is a graduate from the University of New Brunswick where she earned a Master in Education degree along with a Bachelor of Arts and Education degree. She also holds a diploma in Human Resource Management. Anita’s has extensive experience and skills in Economic Development, Indigenous Education and Training, Women’s issues specifically violence, and Community Development.