One of the pieces of local indigenous crafts that will be available at the Gifts of the Land fair on Dec. 1. (Contributed)

One of the pieces of local indigenous crafts that will be available at the Gifts of the Land fair on Dec. 1. (Contributed)

Indigenous craft fair coming to Keremeos

The craft fair runs from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Dec. 1.

An Indigenous craft fair will be held in Keremeos on Dec. 1.

Local artists Madeline Terbasket and Jaquelyn Stewart organized the fair to showcase their work and the work of other indigenous artists.

“I wanted to give other indigenous artists a chance to have a space that was just for us, and not feel like the token indigenous artist at a Christmas craft fair,” said Terbasket.

The craft fair, also known as The Gifts from the Land, features pieces of visual art, beadwork, wire-work and more.

In addition to being a chance to pick up a gift for the holidays, the fair is a way to focus on the Indigenous arts community.

“I think it’s important for everyone to support Indigenous artists,” said Terbasket. “Art is such a healing thing for Indigenous people and it is something we do to keep our culture alive and thriving. We’ve been doing these arts since time immemorial, and I think it’s important to showcase that.”

The fair is hosted at the Okanagan-Similkameen Community Acupuncture in Keremeos and opens at 9 a.m.. This is the first fair Terbasket and Stewart have organized and they plan to use it to gauge the interest in doing more.

“We’re starting out small, but we hope to make it a larger event in future years,” said Terbasket. “We just wanted to test out the waters and see how much interest there is.”

The fair has free admission, with coffee and snacks available by donation. The fair is open between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at 623 7th Ave. in Keremeos.

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