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Puppet maker’s creation on Siksika Nation in Alberta now a Christmas hit

Tamara Pimentel
APTN News
A puppet made by Asham Creations on the Siksika Nation in southern Alberta is fast becoming a hit at Christmas time.

And that means owner Laura Asham is spending hours in her sewing room making little dresses and ribbon shirts for the puppets.

“When we get an order, my whole house is busy,” said Asham who added that the entire family is involved in the production process. “I’m working in here, my sons in the next room, he’s doing all the foam, my husband stuffs the hands and the arms, and my older daughter and younger daughter does the moccasins.”

Asham Creations is an award winning business. From buckskin wedding cakes, to beaded horse regalia, there isn’t much Asham can’t create.

She learned the art from her mother and sister and has been designing beadwork since she was seven years old.

Now there’s something about these puppets that make them a community favorite.

Each comes in a set dress in traditional clothing and moccasins with attention to detail.

“This is my first grandma. When I was creating her, I really needed to feature the face,” said Asham. “So I made wrinkles on the side of her face and then I put grey hair on her.”

Her idea started in 2010 and Asham’s daughter was entering an Indian princess pageant at her school and needed a talen to compete.

“I told her, well why don’t you do puppets for a talent,” said Asham. “I was telling her you can do the puppets and say some Blackfoot words, do a little skit, whatever.

“So she said yeah. And of course, being me, I couldn’t just do a sock puppet, I had to do more.”

Asham did her research, created her own patterns – and two days and 11 hours later created her first puppet.

“I had a lot of material left over to see if I could do a set and I wanted to do a boy and a girl,” she said. “So I made my first set of puppets. So I brought them around the community and they were saying they look professionally done.”

She sold her first set and it took off from there.

Asham got orders from schools and daycares – even from Health Services on Siksika.

Now her puppets have become a learning tool – a fun way for children to have conversations in Indigenous languages.

“The kids relate to the puppets,” she said. “When we have them at the pow wow or any place, the kids will say, ‘hey, they go to my school.’ It brings a lot of joy. It brings a lot of goodness out of a lot of people.”

Asham has sold her puppets across southern Alberta and in the Peguis First Nation in Manitoba.

Now she wants to expand nationally.

“These are my babies and they’re going across Canada,” Asham said with a laugh.

“They’re going to be leaving me and going into good homes.”

tpimentel@aptn.ca

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22 Responses to “Puppet maker’s creation on Siksika Nation in Alberta now a Christmas hit”

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    Shelley Bartman February 19, 2019 at 3:47 pm #

    Hello You have made some amazing puppets. We want to order a set!
    Please send me the link to order or contact me at ahs.elizabeth @gmail.com
    Thank you

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    Shelley Bartman February 19, 2019 at 3:47 pm #

    I would like to order as well. Please send me the link to order. Or contact me at ahs.elizabeth@gmail.com
    Thank you Shelley Bartman

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    Shelley Bartman February 15, 2019 at 6:57 pm #

    I would like to order as well. Please send me the link to order. Or contact me at ahs.elizabeth@gmail.com
    Thank you Shelley Bartman

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    Shelley Bartman February 15, 2019 at 6:51 pm #

    Hello You have made some amazing puppets. We want to order a set!
    Please send me the link to order or contact me at ahs.elizabeth @gmail.com
    Thank you

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    Elaine Hick December 23, 2018 at 8:54 pm #

    I would also like to order some puppets. How can I order them?

    Thanks.

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    Elaine Hick February 19, 2019 at 5:00 pm #

    I would also like to order some puppets. How can I order them?

    Thanks.

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    Deborah Forbes December 23, 2018 at 3:42 pm #

    How does one order from Asham Creations? I would like to order some puppets.
    Thanks,
    Deborah Forbes
    Medicine Hat College
    dforbes@mhc.ab.ca

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    Deborah Forbes February 19, 2019 at 5:00 pm #

    How does one order from Asham Creations? I would like to order some puppets.
    Thanks,
    Deborah Forbes
    Medicine Hat College
    dforbes@mhc.ab.ca

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    Ieniejtaro’roks December 22, 2018 at 11:30 pm #

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    Ieniejtaro'roks February 19, 2019 at 5:00 pm #

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    Sandra December 21, 2018 at 11:15 pm #

    Oh how I love them… how do I purchase one or two please!

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    Sandra February 19, 2019 at 5:00 pm #

    Oh how I love them… how do I purchase one or two please!

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    Joe December 20, 2018 at 3:09 pm #

    Love them, they are amazing!

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    Joe February 19, 2019 at 5:00 pm #

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    Del December 20, 2018 at 5:50 am #

    Where can I order?

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      Nadine December 20, 2018 at 6:15 pm #

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    Cindy December 20, 2018 at 1:18 am #

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    Del February 19, 2019 at 5:00 pm #

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      Nadine February 19, 2019 at 6:08 pm #

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    Peggy Tatoosh December 19, 2018 at 10:48 pm #

    OMG awesome teaching tools. I am a teacher , I know little ones love puppets, I do a finger puppet show for a precontract lesson. It would be awesome to have a family (set) of puppets that are that size dressed in West Coast clothing.

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    Cindy February 19, 2019 at 5:00 pm #

    What an amazing family business!!!! Love it 🙂

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    Peggy Tatoosh February 19, 2019 at 5:00 pm #

    OMG awesome teaching tools. I am a teacher , I know little ones love puppets, I do a finger puppet show for a precontract lesson. It would be awesome to have a family (set) of puppets that are that size dressed in West Coast clothing.