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Cross-cultural Awareness Through Design: Students Build For Tsuu T’ina Nation

Cross-cultural awareness through design: Students build for Tsuu T’ina Nation

One student explored the meaning of the circle, another the Golden Eagle, and another the tipi:

The people believe that the poles of the tipi connect the earth to the sky and provide trails along which their prayers might reach the Great Spirit.

When the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in Calgary, Alberta was looking at buyers for their student-built home, Architectural Technologies Instructor Paul Norris, along with the help of a few colleagues started discussions with the Tsuu T’ina Nation. The program was a success.

The designs tell the story of the student’s explorations. Natural colors and materials, the four elements, and space planning intended to acknowledge local customs, family structures and social activities were all common themes of the work.

Mamihcimowewin (Cree for congrats!) ᒪᒥᐦᒋᒧᐁᐧᐃᐧᐣ

For information on the program: http://sait.ca/pages/cometosait/academic/diplomas/aat.shtml#description

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