As part of the exhibition Wampum: Beads of Diplomacy

December 30 | 1:30 p.m.

© Yaen Tijerina, 2019

Wampum workshop: Honouring your word with PAAL Partageons le monde

Free | Space limited, no reservation

Take part in a family oriented wampum-making workshop hosted by PAAL Partageons le monde and presented alongside the exhibition Wampum: Beads of Diplomacy.

Before the arrival of European colonizers, the Kanienkehaka had no need for written documents to honour their word. Commitments were made verbally and were simply respected. In today’s world, respect for words has tended to erode for lack of honesty. However, integrityan essential life value comes from respecting and honouring one’s word.

To represent the importance given to words and the commitment to respect them, the Kanien’kehaka use the wampum belt during ceremonies to remember the word or the promise that has been made. Come learn more about this important aspect of Indigenous cultures.

Workshop hosted by PAAL Partageons le monde.


  • Saturday, December 30, 2023: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    In the Museum’s Educative room 
  • Saturday, March 2, 2024: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (canceled)


  • Free activity, in French and EnglishRecommended for children 8 and over. Parent participation is required.
  • Space limited, no reservation. Sign up on the day of the event at the Museum Admissions Desk.

About PAAL Partageons le monde

PAAL Partageons le monde uses art as a powerful means of bringing people together and forging strong bonds between them. Through dialogue and collaborative artistic activities, PAAL Partageons le monde fosters closer ties between members of different ethno-cultural communities in the Greater Montreal area. 

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