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Corona Covid

Submitted by: Mrs. Towanna Miller-Johnson

Materials: This mask was created during the 2020 Corona Virus Pandemic. Beaded using flat style, peyote stitch and Iroquois raised bead work. The inside is made of pleather, it has holes underneath to breath and the beak is open to place medicinal herbs inside. The middle layer is a thick felt. The outside is made of velveteen adorned with Iroquois beaded vines and purple flowers outlined in turquoise blue. The muse of inspiration was a Crow which was beaded flat style in the center of the hat. The brim of the hat is peyote beaded. A pair of sunglasses were used for the tinted round eyes. The mask has three straps to secure to the head with buckles on the side for adjustment. The tip of the beak is a jingle cone.

I have to admit that I have a dark side, only to the point that I enjoy horror movies and the paranormal. I wanted my mask to reflect the time we are all in now. For me, I have always incorporated the past into my work. Long ago they had plague masks with medicinal herbs put inside. To me they always look like birds. I’ve recently been beading many different birds. For this project I decided the Crow was now my muse. It like the fact that my mask has a darkness to it sprinkled with beauty, just like the time we are now in. Surrounded by so much darkness like death and sickness yet if you look around we do have beauty in our lives such as kindness and generosity. Some tears went into this while listening to the news and missing visiting family members. My moods change from sadness and then to being grateful for all that I do have. We will get through this together! Be safe.

Towanna Miller-Johnson is a Mohawk fine artist, originally born in Six Nations of the Grand River, Ontario, raised in New York and then went to pursue her education at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, N.M. She returned home to the Mohawk Territory of Kahnawake, Quebec where her mother is from and she continues to do her art. Her media is oil, acrylic, wood burning, carving, and beading. She loves to paint in bright vibrant colors to tell Traditional Iroquois stories. When she’s not painting you can find her beading in one of many styles: flat plains style, peyote stitch and Iroquois raised bead work. She has been beading for forty years now. She is very diverse as an artist and some of her art is functional such as the carved beaded cradle boards and now her beaded Corona Covid mask.

This mask was created for the Breathe community Facebook group – A collection of traditionally crafted masks demonstrating resiliency through 21st century pandemic.

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Gentle Whispers

Submitted by: Marcy Friesen

Materials: Bead soup consists of a large variety of beads, pellon, beading thread, felt, 2 arctic fox tails.

As I created this mask I thought about family, we were all under one roof again as schools and colleges were closed. I beaded 5 flowers in red representing the 5 members of our family and red being my late Grandmothers favorite color. The vines represent life, change and unpredictability as we make our way through these ever changing unpredictable days. I decided to make a beautiful white bead soup with nutrient rich red berries to finish up the mask. The bead soup represents all the people in our lives that have helped us along the way, and even though they are not with us now they are not forgotten or less cared. The arctic fox tails add a gorgous softness that reminded me to be gentle to others and myself during these times. I also thought about grocery shopping and how quiet and stressful this time had become, we are not to visit so we whisper quietly as we quickly get what we need then head home. Back to safety.

I was born in 1974 in Nipawin Saskatchewan, Canada of Swampy Cree and Welsh ancestry. I was raised in Carrot River Saskatchewan, Canada.

As a child growing up I saw my cousin loom beading. I was fascinated and ended up making myself a bead loom with a 2×4 and some finishing nails. I threaded my loom and began to create.
Throughout my life I have been influence by the strong independent women in my family. My maternal Granny was a bead artist and my paternal Grandmother was a collector of bead art. So it seemed wherever I was I noticed and loved bead art.

I started my business Trapline Creations five years ago. Now I am operating it full time making moccasins, mitts, gauntlets, hats and jewelry using beads, leather and wild fur. I am currently selling my art through my Facebook page, Instagram, The Remai Modern Art and Design store in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, the Wanuskewin Gift store in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, On The Avenue Gallery in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada, the Fort McMurray Heritage Society, Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, and in the Art on Main Gallery in Nipawin Saskatchewan, Canada.
I have always felt the need to create using my mind and my hands. I am now taking some time to explore another side of my work using materials I love. Thinking about ways I can convey my new ideas using beads, leather and fur in new ways is exciting and freeing.

marcyfriesen74@gmail.com

This mask was created for the Breathe community Facebook group – A collection of traditionally crafted masks demonstrating resiliency through 21st century pandemic.

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Stability

Submitted by: Marcy Friesen

Materials: Otter fur, seed beads, bugle beads, rope, felt, pollen, thread.

I was born in 1974 in Nipawin Saskatchewan, Canada of Swampy Cree and Welsh ancestry. I was raised in Carrot River Saskatchewan, Canada.

As a child growing up I saw my cousin loom beading. I was fascinated and ended up making myself a bead loom with a 2×4 and some finishing nails. I threaded my loom and began to create.
Throughout my life I have been influence by the strong independent women in my family. My maternal Granny was a bead artist and my paternal Grandmother was a collector of bead art. So it seemed wherever I was I noticed and loved bead art.

I started my business Trapline Creations five years ago. Now I am operating it full time making moccasins, mitts, gauntlets, hats and jewelry using beads, leather and wild fur. I am currently selling my art through my Facebook page, Instagram, The Remai Modern Art and Design store in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, the Wanuskewin Gift store in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, On The Avenue Gallery in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada, the Fort McMurray Heritage Society, Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, and in the Art on Main Gallery in Nipawin Saskatchewan, Canada.
I have always felt the need to create using my mind and my hands. I am now taking some time to explore another side of my work using materials I love. Thinking about ways I can convey my new ideas using beads, leather and fur in new ways is exciting and freeing.

marcyfriesen74@gmail.com

This mask was created for the Breathe community Facebook group – A collection of traditionally crafted masks demonstrating resiliency through 21st century pandemic.

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Dandelion Beaded Mask

Submitted by: Amanda

Materials: Faux suede, ribbon, seed beads

The dandelion is considered by many to be a plain, ordinary, and entirely unimpressive weed, but it is far from fragile. Its incredibly hard to remove due to it’s powerful roots. Dandelions can endure almost any living condition. They are a survivor that overcomes every hardship, challenge, and difficulty, to grow almost anywhere. Dandelions are used to treat many illnesses and are a symbol of healing- from emotional as well as physical wounds. To many, and myself personally, they’ve also always represented hopes, and dreams, and aspirations for a brighter tomorrow. Children close their eyes, blow on dandelion fluff, and make their wish. I chose dandelions growing out of a crack in the concrete, with one of the flowers gone to seed and carrying on the wind hopes and wishes for a better future. Alberta, Canada

This mask was created for the Breathe community Facebook group – A collection of traditionally crafted masks demonstrating resiliency through 21st century pandemic.

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Fighting Chickadees

Submitted by: Beaded Chickadee

Materials: Glass beads, wool, deer hide, cotton

A beaded mask representing the selfish fighting over resources when if we could share instead, there would be plenty. Beaded and woven with techniques taught to me by my Métis kin, this has helped me deal with the frustration and sorrow I feel from watching my community become selfish. We need to help each other to get through this.

This mask was created for the Breathe community Facebook group – A collection of traditionally crafted masks demonstrating resiliency through 21st century pandemic.

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United States

Attitude

Submitted by: Brenda Mahan

Materials: Wool, size 11 seed beads

Artist: Brenda Mahan
Koyukon Athabascan
Born in Galena, Alaska
Currently live in Fallon, Nevada USA
Model: Roy C. Mahan, Jr.

Everyone knows the pink ribbon stands for breast cancer. I had no idea what the white ribbon stood for, that is until January 2019 when my husband, Roy was diagnosed with lung cancer. Roy worked for the Anchorage Fire Department for 28 years as a fire fighter. He retired as Captain from downtown Station 1, Anchorage, Alaska.

The raven represents the Celtic/Norse warrior not to mention in Alaska Native culture, it is a trickster. Inside the raven is the trinity knot, representing the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

The black and white border is something I took from my maternal grandmother, Lilly Henry. She was a full Athabascan woman from Old Louden/Galena, Alaska. She was an exquisite beader as is my mother, Madeline Krol.

My husband is Irish so he comes with attitude but when cancer came into our life, his will to live, really live, has taken command, hence, ATTITUDE!

Be safe, stay home and really live ♡

This mask was created for the Breathe community Facebook group – A collection of traditionally crafted masks demonstrating resiliency through 21st century pandemic.

"Attitude"Everyone knows the pink ribbon stands for breast cancer. I had no idea what the white ribbon stood for,…

Posted by Brenda Mahan on Tuesday, April 21, 2020
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United States

Spring

Submitted by: Brenda Mahan

Materials: Moose hide, size 11 seed beads, backing is ultrasuede

As I worked on my mask, I was able to escape the horrors happening around me with the global pandemic. This mask represents me and my Athabascan heritage as I was born in Galena, Alaska to a full Athabascan woman. She was not able to teach me beadwork as she wanted the best for me and decided to give me up for adoption; a truly selfless loving act. I am very grateful. I have spent the last 15 years learning about Athabascan beadwork through books and Facebook friends who turned out to be distant cousins.❤

This spring everything is budding, everything is new and fresh just like the flower on my mask. Stay safe!

This mask was created for the Breathe community Facebook group – A collection of traditionally crafted masks demonstrating resiliency through 21st century pandemic.

"Spring", Athabascan moosehide mask made for Breathe. facebook group.Okay, I stopped trying to make bread. I can't…

Posted by Brenda Mahan on Saturday, April 18, 2020
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United States

“Good air” victory mask

Submitted by: Astinikiewah/Lori Ann New Breast

Materials: White deer buckskin, dyed horse hair, crowie shells, glass beads, sinew, cotton thread, acrylic paint and duct tape.

“Good air” (finished 4-29-20) victory mask. I used my Dad’s sinew thread to sew part of mask, he passed away in 2002. Sacred colors, shapes, spiritual memories and ancestors are part of the story of the now time I am living. Wellness and respect to all. Lori New Breast Pikuni/Blackfeet, member of the the Blackfoot Confederacy.

This mask was created for the Breathe community Facebook group – A collection of traditionally crafted masks demonstrating resiliency through 21st century pandemic.

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Traditional masks modern masks

Submitted by: Harold weasel tail Garcia

Materials: Smoked elk hide with some old-time beadwork little bit of French sequins and a whole lotta lovin... Representing the northern Ute and the Navajo Nation

My traditional mask made out of smoke hide… French sequins and beadwork

This mask was created for the Breathe community Facebook group – A collection of traditionally crafted masks demonstrating resiliency through 21st century pandemic.

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The Garden of My Life

Submitted by: Beverly Anger

Materials: Red boiled wool, quilting cotton, interfacing, size 11 charlotte seed beads, swarowski crystals, plant material.

Iroquois raised beadwork on boiled wool. This is the garden of my life. The raised beadwork represents my Onandaga heritage. Isolation has given me the opportunity to reflect on the meaning of my family and their importance in my life. The hummingbirds have always been a part of my life, the protectors. These two represent my husband and myself. The flowers at the top of the mask are our 4 daughters, the vine of flowers on the left are our 8 grandchildren and the gold bead beside it our first great-granddaughter. The forget-me-nots on the right are my parents already gone to the Spirit. The big pink flower petals are my 4 sisters and myself; the centre my three brothers. The twisted rope is what brings us all together. The back of the mask is a cardinal in birch trees. One of my sisters has been quite ill through the last few weeks, this cardinal is all of our ancestors watching over her and she is on the mend. Sewn between the two layers are the 4 sacred medicines, tobacco, cedar, sage and sweetgrass. This has brought me so many lessons, so much comfort and I have learned so much about myself

This mask was created for the Breathe community Facebook group – A collection of traditionally crafted masks demonstrating resiliency through 21st century pandemic.