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March 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am - May 19, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

Woodlands First Nations beadwork

Curated by Naomi Smith, the exhibition Indianized traces this nation’s colonial timeline while featuring Indigenous beadworks as creative expressions of survival, crafted by historical artists. Indianized also presents beadworks by Naomi and other contemporary artists, which reflect traditional beading techniques and imagery. Naomi shares her personal reflections throughout this exhibition of everyday objects that have been embellished in visually intriguing ways.

This exhibition runs concurrently with Konnón:kwe. 

About the Curator

Native Artisan and Educator Naomi Smith had an early awareness of her First Nations heritage. She forged a strong interest in Native American beadwork, adornment and textiles. She is actively involved in educating others about the ways of the First Nations people of the Woodlands and Northeastern area, from a historical and contemporary perspective, often through the story of beads. For over 15 years, Naomi has designed and created traditional Native Beadwork, Leathercraft, Moose Hair Embroidery, Quillwork, Sweetgrass (birch bark basket making) and adornment, always valuing these sacred materials throughout her creative process.

Naomi Smith runs workshops through Black Tulip Designs.

Black Tulip Designs Logo. A First Nations style wildrose design. A white, four petal flower is in the centre with a red and blue centre. Four white, black, yellow, and red leaves are drawn out of the flower to symbolize a medicine wheel. The flower design is on a black background with a red outline on the circle.


March 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am
May 19, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
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