Friday, May 14, 2010

Culture and Heritage within Art

Growing up in Washington State, where there is a very large amount of native tribal land and heritage, I've always had a great admiration and respect for the native tribes of North America and throughout my life I've been to many museums erected to introduce true tribal artwork and artisan crafts to the world, not just in Washington but all around the US.

When I came across today's shop, I instantly loved it for the same reason I've loved visiting those museums and choose to seek them out whenever I've traveled around North America. It's a heritage that survives against all odds, thrives regardless of the struggles of adversity and invasion of technology and industrialism.

I love that. I love that there are still cultures filled with heritage, older than Christianity and based on respect for the earth and sky and all living things. I love that they survive even to this day.

Leelinau shares some of this culture with the world of Etsy by offering beautiful pieces of genuine Chippewa Native American Indian handmade art. From beading to feathers to turquoise, bone and dream catchers, this shop is absolutely beautiful and filled with culture and heritage.

Leelinau is ran by Adina, who makes
everything seen within her shop and is sold not just through Etsy but also in the Green Bay Oneida National Museum in Wisconson.

Adina is an enrolled tribal member of the
Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and loves mixing her cultural heritage with urban life to create the beautiful pieces she offers in her shop and she's constantly learning, adapting and challenging her abilities to create new and exciting pieces.

There's also a cornucopia of information on her profile page about both her work as well as the culture and heritage behind her creations, so when you stop by her shop, be sure to check out her profile as well!

YOU CAN CLICK ON THE PICTURES ABOVE TO VISIT ADINA'S BEAUTIFUL LEELINAU SHOP ON ETSY AND TAKE A LOOK AROUND OR, IF YOU PREFER, CLICK RIGHT HERE.

1 comment:

TheFrogBag said...

What gorgeous work! I had never seen this shop before. Thanks for sharing!

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