Anishinaabe Quilting Workshop

2017 quilting workshop with Anishinaabe high school students

  1. Professor Bennett introduces the concept of “heritage algorithms”

  2. Students create their own designs using the heritage themes

  3. 3D printed templates allow students to cut out each design element from cloth of the color they selected. Classic anishinaabe design elements are petals, berries, medicine wheel, etc.

  4. Each group uses their design to create one quilt block, and all the quilt blocks are assembled together to make a collective quilt to be hung outside the office of the Native American Studies program at NMU. Note that a few native students from the southwest also attended, and they created the more rectangular design at the center.