A discussion on traditional beading with Mrs. Annie Smith, Dianne Smith and Nicole Bauberger

Mrs. Annie Smith is a 90-year-old Elder of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation. She has been sewing and selling her sewing since she was a girl. She sold purses and dolls to tourists coming off the train in Carcross in the 1920’s, before the highway came through. When tourists began coming up the Alaska Highway in their motorhomes, collectors from France sought her out to buy her work. Her work has been commissioned by the Yukon Premier and by her First Nation. She has also taught many people how to sew over the years.

Ms. Dianne Smith, Mrs. Annie Smith’s daughter, is a younger Elder of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation. A home-tanned cushion cover which she beaded toured in Europe as part of an award-winning interior design for the Canadian House and Home magazine in the winter of 2015. Dianne works with students at Jackson Lake in a land-based healing program run by Kwanlin Dün First Nation, and when they want to learn sewing as part of their healing process, she brings her Mom out to teach them.

The discussion will include the research project Mrs. Smith, Dianne and Nicole did together last year for the Yukon Permanent Art Collection, and a screening of the ten-minute video interview from that project. Bring your sewing! If you learned from Mrs. Smith or Dianne, we would love to see what you learned from them and hear what you have to say about it. We will present for about 45 minutes and then open up for questions and discussion.

Thanks to the Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies and the Yukon College Research Fund for their support.


The Yukon Arts Centre is pleased to announce our upcoming season of YAC Talks at the Old Fire Hall.  YAC Talks are a chance to meet our local creative community of artists, musicians writers and more in an intimate space, to learn about their artistic practice, their time in our community, and of course, ask questions. YAC Talks last approximately one hour, with time for questions and conversation after.

Photo credit: Annie Smith & Lena White