"Strength among the birches " (eelaamhtanki wiikweehsimisa)

Type of art: Diverse Art Forms

This bag was pieced using scrap fabric to create an image of four Indigenous women coming together among the birches to help with the continuing generations. They are dressed in different time and places. The woman about to give birth is dressed in a modern boho style dress with a spiral representing a new continuation of indigenous people. The woman with her is in traditional Myaamia clothing with a doctor style bag to help. They are among the birch trees. The two women on a journey toward them are dressed in two different times of Eastern native dress. 

"This is the strength of our women throughout time here on Turtle Island."

Materials: Cotton fabric scraps, batik, size 11' dead beads, brass thimbles, leather, 1920's Dr. bag briefcase.

Technique: Sewing and beadwork

Size: 18" L x 21" H x 7" W

Price: $3,500
Katrina Mitten
Miami of Oklahoma
Katrina Mitten is a citizen of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, an award winning artist in beading for over 45 years. Katrina has practiced traditional Great Lakes embroidery style native beadwork through study of family heirlooms, museum collections and practice. The imagery she creates is inspired by the world around her. Her works have been acquired by the Miami Tribe, national museums and private collectors. Illustrating the value she places on education. Katrina has been a corporate lecturer, contributed to elementary, secondary and university level educational programs, and featured in documentary films. “My teachers are the bead workers of the past.”
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