Haa marʉ́awe, Hesci, Hello!
My name is Angela and I am a Nʉmʉnʉʉ (Comanche) & Mvskoke (Creek) content creator and beadwork artist based in Oklahoma. Art has always been something very near and dear to my heart since I was a little girl. For as long as I can remember, I was always drawn to expressing myself through various art mediums and art forms. I especially love making connections and learning new techniques along the way.
My beadwork journey is a rather unconventional one that started at the end of 2020. Amidst the unprecedented times due to the pandemic, I turned to find new ways to reconnect with our people and culture. It's no secret that these past couple years have been immensely difficult especially with restrictions on our gatherings with community and family.
It was through this search that I actually found a sense of community in spaces created on social media platforms, such as TikTok and Instagram. I was excited to discover our people in these communities where they were sharing their experiences of reconnection, strength, and resiliency in a contemporary way. I was particularly drawn to the beading community branched from these spaces. This community, along with my long term desire to learn from my family as well, drove me to want to learn the art form of beadwork
In these online communities I gained so much knowledge and inspiration in such a way that it pushed me full steam ahead into my beadwork journey. Since I was not able to safely meet with my aunties to learn how to bead, I turned to online tutorials shares through these virtual spaces in the meantime. The helped provide a foundation for the art while I waited patiently to safely meet with family to learn from them.
After several messages and pictures sent back and forth between family, I ultimately gained the confidence to share my work more publicly. Thanks to the unwavering support from my parents, aunties, cousins, and friends I finally fulfilled my dream to open my own shop that you are visiting today.
I truly believe that beading is medicine. It has allowed me to reconnect with my people and even our ancestors that have crossed before us. It has even brought you and I, dear reader, together in this space right here right now. I hope to cultivate a space on this website and in this space where we can all share and create amongst our peoples and Indigenous allies. To show that we as Natives are still very much here and will continue on the traditions of our ancestors.
If you have gotten this far - Ʉra/Mvto (Thank you) for stopping by and supporting my art! I appreciate you so very much and hope we can connect again soon.