Caitlin Newago x Teton Trade Cloth Collection

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Being an Anishinaabekwe from the south shores of Gitchi Gami (Lake Superior), I am predominantly influenced by Ojibwe traditional art styles. And as a lifelong survivor of abuse and debilitating trauma, I view my art as healing medicine. Reconnecting with my roots is crucial in finding myself, determining who I truly am and what my purpose in this life is. I have drawn strength from my art, culture, and my people. These have developed a strong foundation for my life.

 

I utilize traditional Ojibwe floral designs/mediums and combine them with contemporary art styles, mediums, and techniques. This is purposeful, as Native American art is seen as a long-lost historical marvel only to be seen on historical artifacts in museums. Too often in society, indigenous peoples are less than an afterthought- many aren’t even cognizant of our existence. By allowing my art to evolve with more present-day ideas and techniques, I hope to assist in the mainstream revival of the artistic aspects of my Anishinaabe culture- to help in spreading a simple and straightforward message of “we’re still here.” Anishinaabe people are still here, still creating, and fighting for our existence to be dignified.

Find original art and connect with Caitlin at her website or Instagram.