Native jewelry makers create wearable art that connects to their culture. In many tribes, men are the ones who work the metal and set the stones for earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. But there are now many Native women jewelry craftspeople. Some perfect traditional designs and materials. Others introduce new, modern elements. We’ll talk with several female jewelry makers about what inspires their expression.
Leah Mata-Fragua (Chumash) – jeweler and consultant and professor of traditional art and ecology at the Institute for American Indian Arts
Tania Larsson (Gwich’in) – jeweler
Kristen Dorsey (citizen of the Chickasaw Nation) – jeweler and owner of CEO of Kristen Dorsey Designs
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