Traditional Regalia Making

powwow reglia making

Making Regalia with Juaquin Lonelodge

Juaquin Lonelodge is a former national Men’s Fancy Dance champion and master regalia craftsman. In these videos Juaquin takes you step by step through the processes of Making Regalia. Credit: Cheyenne Arapaho Television at

Making Regalia – Episode 1 – making geometric design work (tipi/teepee applique)

Making Regalia – Episode 2-Juaquin explains heat bond and makes preparations for sewing the project.

Making Regalia – Episode 3 – Working with heat bond templates and preparing to transfer onto final regalia.

Making Regalia – Episode 4 – Juaquin takes us into the colorful world of beading.

Making Regalia – Episode 5 -Juaquin continues his beading project.

Making Regalia – Episode 6 – How to Make a Jingle Dress (part 1)

Making Regalia – Episode 7 – How to Make a Jingle Dress (part 2), step by step, everything we need to know about making a jingle dress.

Making Regalia – Episode 8 – Jingle Dress (conclusion), step by step, everything we need to know about making a jingle dress.

Making Regalia – Episode 9 – Juaquin begins construction on a boy’s fancy dance apron.

Making Regalia – Episode 10 – Boy’s Fancy Dance Apron (pt.2)

Junior Division – Drawing Unit; Drawing it Out

Junior Division – Drawing Unit
Drawing it Out

Lead Writer: Tanya Senk
Unit Writer: Shelley Dennis
Reviewer: Lisa Sanders

Drawing it Out- Anishnaabe Teachings

Grade 6, Visual Arts: Drawing

The purpose of this unit is to infuse Aboriginal (First Nations, Metis and Inuit) perspectives into the curriculum through Visual Arts. It is important to avoid replicating and producing stereotypical representations of Aboriginal peoples. Therefore, teachers need to include lessons on how contemporary Aboriginal artists create art to comment on identity, society and the world.

Through this unit, students will explore and strengthen their own sense of identity, will reaffirm their value systems, and will see their place in society through experiencing Aboriginal teachings such as, The Seven Grandfather Teachings (Anishnawbe) and through the teachings embedded in Ontario’s Character Education resource called, Finding Common Ground. The student’s explorations, discoveries and learning will be represented through a range of drawing experiences.

Teachers are encouraged to access local and provincial resource support to Aboriginal studies and should invite Aboriginal artist, story tellers, and Elders into the classroom from their local communities wherever possible.


Aboriginal Perspectives – Video Teaching Resources

Teaching Resources

Make cultural connections in your classroom! Videos, power point presentations and activities!

Teaching Ideas Curriculum Connections
Tipi raising with Tim Haywahe K-8: Science, Mathematics, Social Studies and Language Arts

Tipi raising with Elder Glen Anaquod
K-8: Science, Mathematics, Social Studies and Language Arts

Cassandra Opikokew Journalist
Arts Education, Career Guidance, Mathematics and Native Studies

Birch bark biting with Rosella Carney
Mathematics and Sciences
Tara Littlechief Nurse Arts Education, Mathematics and Social Studies

Kelly Quewezance Social Worker
Mathematics and Social Studies
Dr. Alika Lafontaine Physician Arts Education, Mathematics and Social Studies

Source: Aboriginal Perspectives: faculty and students at the University of Regina in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada