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Feather Dance: Unveiling Celebration

Five Indigenous-designed liturgical stoles were unveiled at St. Hildegard’s Sanctuary yesterday afternoon, the culmination of a year-long collaborative arts-based reconciliation project.  The Feather Dance project was designed and directed by Indigenous artist/designer Rikki Kooy who captivated those gathered with her stories of the genesis of the project, the design process, Northwest Coast Indigenous symbolism, and …

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Feather Dance: Reconciling

The community of St. Hildegard’s Sanctuary was delighted to focus on the ongoing Feather Dance textile arts project for our annual Lenten retreat day on March 9, 2019.  This was our third handwork-and-stories gathering with Rikki Kooy—the Indigenous artist/designer lead for the Feather Dance Project—and we quickly settled into the gentle rhythm of listening, learning, …

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Feather Dance: Journeying

Rikki Kooy (Spirit Elk Woman), lead designer for Feather Dance, mentor, and storyteller. We gathered for our second session of the “Feather Dance Textile Arts Project” on October 20, 2018.  Feather Dance is an Indigenous-led, Indigenous-settler collaboration in textile arts, with a focus on storytelling, wisdom-sharing, relationship-building, and community hand work.  Rikki Kooy  is the …

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Feather Dance: Nesting

“Feather Dance” is an  Indigenous-led, Indigenous-settler collaboration in textile arts, with a  focus on storytelling, wisdom sharing, relationship building, and  community handwork.   In the words of Rikki Kooy, the Indigenous lead artist for the project, “‘Feather Dance’ is a work of hands extended  in friendship, reaching out to each other as we walk the …

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An Invitation: Watch this Space

At St. Hildegard’s Sanctuary, we love holding space for arts-based contemplation so, of course, we’re going to try to do that on our blog space, too. The blog will offer written and visual works of art to reflect on—because beauty matters. We engage the arts in our contemplative practice because making art grounds and enlivens …

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