Carrying Patterns: Making Visible an Iroquoian Montréal


The Carrying Patterns: Making Visible an Iroquoian Montreal workshop is open for bookings by classes and for private groups of at least six people, all ages welcome. Please contact for information or to schedule this workshop.

Visitor interacting with Ange Loft’s Visibly Iroquoian installation, 2022. Photo: Matthieu Brouillard © CCA

Starting off from the installation Visibly Iroquoian by interdisciplinary performing artist Ange Loft, the workshop prompts participants to consider Indigenous contexts in and around the city of Tiohtià:ke/Mooniyang/Montréal.

Through a series of interconnected conversation-based activities combining dialogue, observation, map–making, and drawing, participants are invited to engage with the layered history of the land upon which the city has been built and to familiarize themselves with Iroquoian Ancestral Architectural Aesthetic, iconography, and pattern work.

The program includes:

• A guided tour of the installation Visibly Iroquoian.

• Carrying Patterns: How would you handle pottery shards from the Dawson College site if you knew they were 1000 years old?

• Buried Rivers: How do we get to know the visual culture of pre-contact Montréal in the 1300–1500s? Can the pattern work and graphic world of the period generate architectural ideas and creation?

• Pottery Pattern Pickups: How would you continue these Iroquoians patterns?

• Visibly Iroquoian: What would an Iroquoian Ancestral Architectural Aesthetic look like if applied to iconic Montréal buildings?

• Back to the earth clean: What aspects of regional Indigenous communities could have influenced the architecture of long houses?

• Old Roads: Could you plan a day trip around the island of Montréal using only its waterways?

• Old Homes: So many old houses were built without considering what had been there before. What symbols and forms would help us understand the indigenous contexts of Montreal?

Carrying Patterns: Making Visible an Iroquoian Montréal is a two-hour workshop available until December 2023 in English and French. We can accommodate 1 class (up to 40 students) per visit. To make a reservation or for more information, please contact us at or call +1 514 939 7002.


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