hide tanning and parfleche residency

Jun. 26, 2024
107 Tunnel Mountain Drive, Banff, Canada

This three-week visual arts residency focuses on hide scraping, bone tool making, and working with parfleche. Visual artists who work with hide and parfleche will learn more about how scrape a hide, and work with parfleche with the support of faculty, elders, and knowledge keepers. Participants are invited to engage with faculty, community and peers while having self-directed studio time in Glyde Hall. Participants will come together with the community and have the opportunity for one-on-one sessions. The participants and faculty will have a chance to share their works in progress in Open Studios.

What does the program offer?

Participants will deepen their artistry and technical application with hide scraping, bone tool making, and working with parfleche. The program will foster peer relationships with the opportunity for self-directed studio time. Participants will also be engaged with community in storytelling/knowledge sharing sessions in the hide tanning process.


This three-week residency is a balance of self-directed time intermixed with support from faculty offering insight into the creative processes, and the opportunity for participants to workshop and present their work in a public event (film or reading), if desired. Peers are encouraged to collaborate through sharing their work.

  • Week One: Participants will engage in on campus orientation and be welcome by Faculty, Banff Centre Staff and an Elder. This week will include Faculty presentations and a chance to sign up for one-on-one sessions with faculty.
  • Week Two: Participants will begin with morning gatherings to welcome and say thank you to visiting faculty, as well as check in with needs and questions. This week will include participant presentations and one-on-one sessions.
  • Week Three: Participants will begin with a welcome to new faculty, say thank you to guest faculty, and check in with needs and questions for the week. Faculty will offer one-on-one review sessions. Open Studios.
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Hide Tanning and Parfleche Residency

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