"Walking With Our Sisters" is a project that brings together 600+ artists and beaders (pro and amateur alike) who are each beading a pair of moccassin vamps (or tops) to represent a missing/murdered Native women. Mine are inspired by the symbols that were used on canoes during the fur trade period that identified different teams of traders. (I've also been working on a series of paintings based on these symbols but this is the first time I've actually beaded them. This project has really taught me a lot about the difficulties of creating something simple and symmetrical using materials that are not. Perfect circles are hard to do! LOL! But I'm thinking of trying this again with different shaped beads to see how it turns out.) Anyway, the design is based on a compass and the meaning is to help our missing sister find her way home. The compass is also pointing toward the toes to help her move forward.
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