"Indigenous peoples have the right to practise and revitalize their cultural traditions and customs. This includes the right to maintain, protect and develop the past, present and future manifestations of their cultures, such as archaeological and historical sites, artefacts, designs, ceremonies, technologies and visual and performing arts and literature." -Article 11, UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Artists often respond to personal and global events through their art: a pandemic is no different. It is possible to see cultural values and styles reflected in the work of these artists. To see more work by other artists, follow #beadwork on Instagram or Facebook to see all the beaded masks that artists have been sharing lately.
Crystal Kaakeeyáa Worl is a Tlingit Athabascan designer & artist residing in Juneau, Alaska. Crystal works with a range of mediums including graphic design, painting, and skin sewing with seal and sea otter furs harvested by her and her family. To see more of her work visit her websites: www.crystalworl.com and the business Crystal and her brother Rico co-own, an innovative indigenous graphic design and art gift shop called Trickster Company
Amanda Roy is Anishinaabe from Wiikwemikoong Unceded Territory on Manitoulin Island currently residing in Tio'tia:ke.
Marlana Thompson Baker at Okwaho Creations: Marlana is wolf clan Mohawk from Akwesasne. She writes: “Okwaho Creations is my passion, my art. It allows me to create, not just wear, works of art to express my mohawk culture in every bead and in every stitch. I enjoy creating both traditional and contemporary clothing, moccasins and all sorts of beadwork.” See more of her work here