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Mini Button Blankets with Rhoda Merkel

First Nations Programming

Learn the significance of a button blanket, clan symbols and how images are used to tell a story. With direction, your class sew will sew an 8” X 11” mini button blanket of the image design of their choice. The artist will provide instructions as to how to choose a design, the steps to assemble a button blanket, and how to sew the button on to it.

Grade SuitabilityK-12
Maximum Class SizeClass size (assistance is required for younger grades)
Time Required4-6 hours
Material RequiredSupplied by artist. (Wool, felt, sewing needles and thread)
Material Cost$75
Language of InstructionEnglish
CommunitiesAll
AvailabilitySeptember - June

Rhoda Merkel

Rhoda was born and raised in the Yukon, is a member of the Tahltan Nation and is a passionate First Nation culture promoter, educator and artist. She has a studio in Atlin, B.C., where you can find her sewing, beading, painting, and moose tufting, writing, or preparing for school teaching sessions. Rhoda has been working in Yukon schools for over 10 years and has been teaching for over 30 years. She is available to do small or big projects, in all communities, has worked in every grade level and is Available for Sky is the Limit projects.

Contact the artist

  • 250-651-7668 or 867-335-1761
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