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There is arguably no art form more widely associated with Native Americans than bead work. It started as ornamental applications with shells, stones, or quills and evolved into intricate and colorful pieces encompassing jewelry, regalia, and fine art. Today on Native America Calling, we speak with Cathy Mattes (Michif), curator, writer, and Associate Professor in History of Art at the University of Winnipeg; Sherry Farrell-Racette (Métis, Algonquin, and member of the Timiskaming First Nation in Quebec), scholar, author, curator, and artist; and artists Nico Williams (Anishinaabe and member of Aamjiwnaang First Nation community), Brocade Stops Black Eagle (Crow/Mandan-Hidatsa), Tally Monteau (Hunkpati Dakota Oyate, and Chippewa Cree), and Hollis Chitto (Isleta Pueblo, Laguna Pueblo, Mississippi Choctaw).
Break 1 music: Kwelosoet (song) Fawn Wood (artist) Kikāwiynaw (album)
Break 2 Music: Creation Story (song) John-Carlos Perea (artist) Creation Story (album)
Photos courtesy: Nico Williams