Indigenous woman weaving something with a craft display

The Fifth Annual stɑlə̓w̓ Christmas Craft Market returns to Museum of Surrey on Saturday, December 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring a wide variety of Indigenous makers and artists.

November 24, 2022
Media Release

Surrey, BC –The Fifth Annual stɑlə̓w̓ Christmas Craft Market returns to Museum of Surrey on Saturday, December 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring a wide variety of Indigenous makers and artists.The holiday fair offers hand-crafted goods, including jewellery, natural soaps and lotions, art, gourmet treats and more, including a welcome ceremony from Kwantlen First Nation.

“Our craft market is unique because visitors can shop locally and celebrate Indigenous artisans, but also explore our galleries and take part in a museum scavenger hunt,” said Museum of Surrey Manager Lynn Saffery. It’s always a great day for families!”

stɑl̓əw̓ Arts & Cultural Society Program Coordinator Phyllis Atkins said she is grateful to have a space to showcase the talented artisans who come from all over the Lower Mainland.

“We are excited to host our 5th Annual stɑlə̓w̓ Christmas Craft Market in collaboration with the Museum of Surrey. This year will be an in-person event and we look forward to supporting our local artisans and Indigenous (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) artists living within the unceded shared traditional territory of səmyəmɑʔɬ (Semiahmoo), q̓ʷɑ:n̓ƛ̓ən (Kwantlen), and̓ q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie).”

While on site, visitors are invited to meet Kwantlen Elder’s Karen Gabriel, who will be making her “World Famous Bannock” and hamburger soup for sale in the kitchen, as well as Hazel Gludo, who will be hosting a cedar weaving class making Christmas ornaments. The museum will be sharing short videos in the theatre – one of Karen making hamburger soup and the other of Hazel harvesting inner cedar bark. In addition, Francis James from Sto:lo territory will be demonstrating how to make a “big drum,” which will be used for teaching pow wow drumming and singing leading up to the second annual stɑlə̓w̓ Pow Wow on Sept. 15, 16, and 17, 2023. For more information about the stalew pow wow, visit www.stalewpowwow.com.

Museum of Surrey is a dynamic and accessible community hub and cultural space that reflects the City of Surrey’s innovation and creativity. The site, located at 17710 56A Avenue in Surrey, is on the Heritage Campus, home to Veterans Square, Anderson Cabin, 1881 Town Hall and Anniedale School.