About the Creeator
Stephanie McKenzie, Opaskwayak Cree Nation
Beading is a cultural healing tradition among various Indigenous groups. There is a lot of time and effort that goes into each piece. The image on the right is one of my pieces, called 'The Medicine Wheel'.
For me, beading presents an opportunity to connect with my Indigenous roots and identity, which Indigenous people were forbidden to do so in the past. My vision is to share my traditional beadwork while opening doors and conversations towards cultural awareness on Indigenous ways of knowing and doing. It is about time to freely express Indigenous pride and culture. All in all, the beauty of beadwork transcends what meets the eye. It holds cultural significance.
I am also a psychology graduate student and a lover of guitar and singing.
About the Creeations
All earrings are uniquely designed and handmade by me. I use a variety of natural materials in my craft including dried flowers, abalone shells, freshwater pearls and quills. When possible, I purchase my supplies from Indigenous businesses. Therefore, customers are indirectly supporting other Indigenous businesses, in addition to my own. Most of the products take approximately 2-6 hours to complete.
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