Pow-wow 101: Regalia Making & Discussion

July 24 @ 10:00 AM5:00 PM



Email us at info@setsuneincubator.com with any questions or comments you may have! 


  • Teachings and protocol about regalia and pow wow
  • Open discussion
  • Construction of half scale regalia (jingle dress or grass dance)
  • Full scale regalia patterns to fit you (or whoever you choose)
  • All materials
  • Childcare
  • Breakfast and Lunch

* Sewing or drafting skills are not required, however, it is strongly recommended that you also take the Basic Pattern Drafting & Sewing Workshop before taking this workshop if you are a beginner.


Everyone is welcome – come learn, create and network! We encourage and have full sponsorships available for young Indigenous mothers and women (16-35) and also includes travel within Toronto, to and from the studio. Ask us about this, it’s more than likely we will have a spot saved for you!

Space is limited, please sign up early!



Here is Pow-wow 101 and open discussion. What are the protocols? How do I become a dancer? What dance can I dance? What is grand opening? Who can dance? You’ll find answers to those questions and we welcome your questions while we construct a half-scale regalia to understand the intricacies and creation process and pow-wow culture. You will be lead through the process of drafting and sewing a regalia with Deanne Hupfield, who has a Fashion background and follows the pow-wow trailer annually.  She also has pre-made patterns for purchase. We will provide grass dance or jingle dress patterns in full scale for you.

FACILITATOR: Deanne Hupfield, Designer, Fancy Shawl Dancer, Aboriginal Arts Educator

From the Ojibway Nation, Deanne Hupfield spent most of her life in Thunder Bay Ontario.  In 2003 Deanne began teaching powwow dance classes, after moving to Toronto for Fashion School, Deanne began teaching Powwow Dance Classes and Regalia Making Classes at The Native Canadian Centre of Toronto.

Deanne is a Facilitator in Training at The Royal Conservatory for the Learning Through the Arts Program to strengthen her teaching abilities.  Deanne specializes in teaching Social Studies curriculum regarding First Nations through powwow dancing.  She uses story telling, movement and dance.



All of these workshops have been programmed to support the research and development of a group collection; The 2015 theme is Cultural Appropriation. Participating Indigenous mothers and women are encouraged to apply to our Collaborative Creation Project, a group collection of fashion, textiles and wearable art. Application forms for this project will be available at every workshop; you must attend at least four workshops this summer to be eligible.

For more information: http://setsuneincubator.com/event/regalia-making-workshop