Friends Hosting Drum-Making Series!

Please join the Friends of Murphys Point Park for a Drum-Making Series!

The three-part series kicks off with Helena Neveu (Walksfar Woman… Waasaabiidaasome Kwe – Batchewana First Nation of Ojibways) presenting a FREE virtual session (with two opportunities to join) that includes storytelling and a demonstration of how to make the rawhide and hoops for the drums. See Helena’s bio below.

The virtual workshops will be presented live and will feature video and PowerPoint through Zoom (which may require broadband Internet capacity) and will be approximately an hour to an hour and a half in length.

The second part of the series is an in-person, outdoor all-day drum-making workshop, tentatively scheduled for May 15 in the Perth area. The cost for the in-person workshop is $100 per person and materials are included. Remaining materials will be used for rattle and jewellery making.

The series culminates with a “drum birthing ceremony” on a date to be announced.

Following the virtual session, the Friends will forward registration information to anyone interested in signing up for the in-person Drum-Making Workshop.

Details about the in-person workshop and the birthing ceremony will be provided as health and safety precautions must be taken into consideration.

To register for the FREE Virtual Rawhide and Hoop Sessions, choose one of the options below:

Saturday, Feb. 27 at 2 p.m.


Saturday, March 27 at 11 a.m.

Walksfar Woman

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25th Anniversary

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Friends of Murphys Point Park. This video showcases a few of the moments over the 25 years.

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The Canoe

Screen Shot 2020-08-29 at 3.05.29 PMThis summer our Friends students worked hard to bring interpretative programming to our park visitors. One of the most successful interpretive roving programs centred on the birchbark canoe built at the park in 2018 by Chuck Commanda and Coleman Williams. Pictured here are our 2020 Friends students — Rachel, Peter, and Emma — with the canoe, and two beautifully crafted Gray Ratsnake paddles by Robin Tinney. If you didn’t have the chance to see the canoe and are interested in learning more about the canoes built at the park, be sure to check out the Friends of Murphys Point Park website. There you will find video footage of the harvesting process and the construction of our 2018 birchbark canoe from start to finish. Be sure to check our social media accounts for upcoming Indigenous programming in the park.

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