first morning at Minwaashin Lodge!

Two mothers and three children. One boy maybe 9 and two little girls, 5. The little girls liked the video (as did the others) and even asked to watch it again! Success = Not a boring video that only clay nuts would appreciate.

All of them were eager to carve and paint their tiles...the boy used paper to design his and the two little girls just jumped right in! All of the finished tiles are so beautiful and meaningful to each participant! 

Conversation and interest was lively and fun throughout the morning...interestingly one of the little girls asked me very seriously if I was 'Native'. I said no that I was mostly 'Scottish', she considered this a moment and then seemed quite happy with that answer.

 so carefully yet confidently created, she knew exactly what she was doing

so carefully yet confidently created, she knew exactly what she was doing

 self portrait

self portrait

 the very carefully crafted the young boy, Tawodi's tile

the very carefully crafted the young boy, Tawodi's tile

 by using the technique of pointillism, making an image out of dots, or in this case pinholes, this tile looks so much like it has been beaded!!

by using the technique of pointillism, making an image out of dots, or in this case pinholes, this tile looks so much like it has been beaded!!

 this tile is also beautifully highlighted with the use of little dots. Little did I know how popular the use of flower imagery was going to be; so nice that the natural world is constantly represented in these tiles!

this tile is also beautifully highlighted with the use of little dots. Little did I know how popular the use of flower imagery was going to be; so nice that the natural world is constantly represented in these tiles!