Traditional Wool Crafting Workshop with Indigenous Elder May Sam

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May Sam, Elder-In-Residence at the First Peoples House at the University of Victoria, will lead this wool crafting workshop that is suitable for all levels.  Join us for a hands-on afternoon of creativity and storytelling.

This event is free for UVic students and by donation for the greater UVic community. 

This workshop is sponsored by the Elders’ Engagement Fund and the Anglican Diocese of Islands and Inlets.  For more information, contact Ruth Dantzer,

A little about May Sam:

May Sam’s inner warmth lights up any room she enters. She is well known at the First Peoples House, whether it’s in the Elders’ lounge chatting with students, or in the Ceremonial Hall providing an opening prayer for an event or ceremony. May has been part of Elders’ Voices for many years, along with her late husband Gabriel “Skip” Sam. May was born in Mill Bay and raised in Lhumlhumuluts’ in the Cowichan Valley and Skip was from the Tsartlip Nation. May is passionate about knitting. She spins her own wool and creates beautiful Cowichan hats, scarves, sweaters and other clothing. Her father Everest taught May how to knit and encouraged her creativity. May and Skip worked together in their roles in Elders’ Voices. May enjoys working with students and her warm personality is well known. “I hug everybody, even the first time I meet someone. It’s just the way I am,” she said. “I just like to greet everyone that way. It’s a blessing. And I put my arms on their shoulders and pray that they’re okay.”