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“I am Anishinaabe”: A Native American Couture Fashion Show at MIA

May 4 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


(Minneapolis, MN) — “I am Anishinaabe”: A Native American Couture Fashion Show

Traditional Anishinaabe apparel and beadwork artists Delina White, Lavender Hunt, and Sage Davis will present a modern collection of Native Woodland-style fashions for men and women, accompanied by a multimedia presentation that reveals historic to contemporary influences.

See how these artists re-imagine tradition for the 21st-century connoisseur. “I am Anishinaabe” is a Native American apparel and beaded accessories and jewelry design and artist team consisting of Delina White and her daughters, Lavender Hunt and Sage Davis. All are enrolled members of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, live on the Leech Lake Reservation, and have been making traditional beadwork since age 6. Johanna Jackson, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe model. Photographer: Lacey Criswell

Delina White Artist Statement:

“The Great Lakes combined is the largest body of freshwater in the world.  It has a unique lifeway specific to the people who live within its shores.  The landscape is varied by the extreme temperatures of the area; experiencing freezing cold, snow and northern lights in the winter, rain and thunder storms in the spring, strong winds and bold autumn colors of the fall, while the brief summer months are filled with hot splendid sunrises and sunsets.  The Anishinaabeg possess tremendous respect and appreciation for all of nature’s forces and elements as Spirits.

Using natural objects for personal adornment is part of the indigenous culture and traditions.  The designs and materials used in making art; songs and dances, clothing and jewelry, shows respect for the environment and beliefs instilled by our ancestors.  Making beautiful jewelry and clothing is one way we honor the gifts given to us by the Creator; it is an expression of creativity of who we are as people.  It is the way we say, “I am Anishinaabe.”

In collaboration with my two daughters, Lavender and Sage, we intend to bring our Native culture into daily life by making jewelry, accessories, and clothing that can be worn in everyday situations, special occasions and ceremonies.  We pay special attention to traditional meanings of design, materials and elements.  We take heirloom items and repurpose them so that they can continue to be used and handed into the next generation for eternity.

We cater to women and men, so they may feel strength and pride within themselves while navigating successfully throughout the many roles they perform.

We also have a special infinity for children and love to dress them up so that they are adorned with love and comfort. We are also working on developing a men’s line of clothing and accessories, although much of what we make is universal. Contact us to order a one of a kind wearable art made special for you.”

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May 4
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Minneapolis Institute of Art
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Minneapolis, MN 55404 United States
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