Nation/Clan: Tonawanda Seneca/Snipe
Media: Bead work
Self taught bead worker
Corn husk doll on exhibit at Victor Town Hall
Corn husk doll on exhibit at Towanda Indian Community House
Exhibiting at NYS Fair Indian Village for at least 5 years.
Won 1st, 2nd prize at NYS Fair Indian Village for large dance fan, and small dance fan
Won 2nd prize at NYS Fair Indian Village for medium dance fan
Won 2nd prize at NYS Fair Indian Village for female corn husk doll
I have been a beader most of my life. My art is most important to me because it gives me a connection to my grandmother, my mother, and my creator. My grandmother wasn’t with me very long, but she was a very great bead worker.
My art gives me a connection to our time-honored ways. I love creating things because when I’m making it I have a “good mind.” If I have any negative thoughts about people, or events that have happened, that has to be laid aside in order for my beadwork to come out correctly.
My art gives me enjoyment in many ways. The first is in the creation of it. It also gives me satisfaction when someone whom I have never met before, likes something of mine. It makes me happy to know my work will live on, out in the world somewhere.