Monday, September 30, 2013

Storytelling with beadwork

 
In the past there was a story to the artwork that we put on our regalia. It told the story of who we were and where we are from. This day and age you can tell where a person comes from by what they wear.
 
 Floral are mainly associated with northern woodland tribes.
Geometric Patterns are associated with the plains tribe.
 
I did the butterflies on the turtle and the baby moccasins for a reason - they are associated with the children. In my tribe there is a story about how the butterflies helped the children learn to play and laugh. They watch over the children and are gentle spirits.
 
The beadwork that we put on the pieces that we wear tell a story about us as a person. It is our identity.  

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