Anishinaabeg use Ojibwe Floral Beadwork as Covert Art

Sarah Howes

Posted on October 06 2014

 The Woodlands area tribes specialize in "Floral" beadwork designs.

Anishinaabeg (also commonly called Ojibwe) have always adorned our lives  with the beauty around us. However, during the time when our traditional medicines were outlawed, demonized, and silenced elders say the teachings of our medicines were passed along using floral. 

As Native people we have adapted our arts, lifeways, and aesthetic to pass along our health and knowledge.  Our beadwork on the Mashkimod (Bandolier) bags often reflects this tradition and they often have a special pocket for medicine. 

 

 

 

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