Nation/Clan: Tuscarora Nation/Mohawk/Bear Clan
Media: Iroquois raised bead work, cornhusk doll making, moccasins, scrap booking – card making.
North by Northeast, exhibit shown at: Akwesasne Museum, Akwesasne, NY, June 2008; Museum Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor, ME October 2008; Mandeville Gallery, Union College, Schenectady, NY October 2009; Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center, Mashantucket Pequot Reservation, CT, June 2010. Expressions of Iroquois Identity: Raised Bead work Collars, Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, NY 2005
Numerous First Place and Best of Show awards over the past 35 years including most recently: Best of Show and People’s Choice Award at the 2010 International Iroquois National Bead work Conference – Salamanca, NY; First Place in the bead work and corn husk categories at the 2010 Seneca Fall Festival Art Show – Irving, NY; First Place in the Adult Bead work Category at the 2010 Tuscarora National Picnic – Tuscarora Nation, NY; Best of Show and First Place Awards in the large bead work and picture frame categories at the 2009 International Iroquois Bead work Conference – Corning, NY; First Place in the bead work category at the 2009 Seneca Fall Festival Art Show – Irving, NY.
I began beading as a child and I was self taught. I would watch my mother Marlene and grandmothers bead all the time and was prohibited from touching their beads. Continuing in the tradition of my mother and grandmothers, I spend a great deal of my time beading. I like to use bead work patterns I have created or designed. I will often use traditional pattern designs handed down to me from my family’s personal collection. The creative blending of colors and designs characterizes my bead work art pieces. Art pieces in either flat or raised style are my specialties.
I have worked in many Museums and Art Galleries teaching bead work workshops and lectures on Iroquois Bead work. For the last 10 years I have traveled to many museums, art galleries and private collections to study the art of Iroquois Bead work. I am the first person to develop a curriculum teaching basic to expert beading techniques.
Last Name - Canella
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