Working with Artists, Students, and Community

Melissa Shouting leads a beading workshop at the UofL Art Gallery. Photo by Austin Knibb | University of Lethbridge

Sharing and caring for knowledge and skills are a critical part of our research process. Community gatherings create a point of access to the digital representations of Blackfoot items in European collections, while also creating space to share skills in Blackfoot beading and imaging technologies. Activities include:

  • Photogrammetry: how digital 3D models of objects are made, processed in software, and converted into finished videos and models for study.
  • RTI: revealing surface markings of objects that can’t be seen with the naked eye.
  • 3D printing: turning digital scans of objects into 3D prints
  • Beading: taught by Blackfoot artists.

During the COVID 19 pandemic, we have shifted to offering online beading lessons and kits. When in-person gatherings allow, we plan to resume in-person activities with community groups and organizations.

We have posted resources for anyone to learn more about photogrammetry and RTI and try out the technologies. If you or your organization is interested in getting involved in future activities, please get in touch.

Student Exhibitions

Students in Jackson 2Bears’ course, Indigenous Art Studio, are making artwork responding to the project and digital items. Online galleries have been created to showcase the work.

SERENE WEASEL TRAVELLER, Itsikin, Vans “Off the Wall” and glass beads.

Stories for British Museums (Spring 2020)

Left: Serene Weasel Traveller, Itsikin (2020)

Danielle Tailfeathers

Virtual Stories That Objects Tell (Fall 2020)

Left: Danielle Tailfeathers, Miisstamiiwa (2020)