Chipeta Trading Company supports various Native Artists and their projects across the country through a variety of scholarships, foundation work and mentor programs.  To learn more about these opportunities please contact us at don@chipetatrading.com 


 

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My Apsáalooke name is “Iichiinmaaáatchilash” which means Fortunate with Horses and my English name is JoRee LaFrance. I am a member of the Apsáalooke (Crow) Nation. I come from the Greasy Mouth clan and am a child of Ties in the Bundle clan. I was born and raised on the Crow reservation in Montana. 

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"I graduated in June 2017 from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Earth Sciences and Native American Studies. I expect to complete my PhD in Soil, Water and Environmental Sciences, Water is the lifeline of the Apsáalooke (Crow) people. We rely heavily on our main water resources: Little Big Horn and Big Horn Rivers. Despite a long history of colonialism and oppression, Apsáalooke people still inhabit the land that we have always called home.  My ultimate life goal is to have clean, good quality water on the Crow reservation"

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"I love the mountains that raised me, horses and all things that bring joy to my life. Working for my people (big or small ways) and always striving for a better future are the sum of my heart work, always. I am dedicated to protecting our Apsáalooke way of life, the right to clean water and safe nourishing spaces for Indigenous youth."

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JoRee LaFrance exemplifies the highest levels of leadership in all of her ventures.  Whether she is working in academia or indigenous arts programs across the country, JoRee sets the bar for achievements in excellence.  We are proud to honor her as an Emerging Native Artist!


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Born and raised on the Standing Rock Reservation, North Dakota, Holly Young is a Dakota bead work artist, ledger artist and quill worker.  Holly has an undying passion for Native American art with a focus on traditional Dakota styles and designs. 

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Holly is committed to preserving and sharing traditional art forms and the way of life of her people which she accomplishes by teaching her daughter, her community and other Dakota people.  She honors her ancestors by revitalizing a lost art and sharing the accompanying stories. 

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She affirms herself as a Dakota woman, mother and artist by practicing "Winyan Omniciye" the circle of sharing knowledge...what you learn you give back.  To learn more about Holly Young please contact her directly at: young_holly@icloud.com

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J. NiCole Hatfield, Nahmi-A-Piah is Comanche/Kiowa and a self taught contemporary painter from Apache, OK. now residing in Norman, Ok.  "Painting is medicine, its very healing to me," says Hatfield, who began drawing at an early age before painting at the age of 15.  

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She draws her inspiration from old historical photos of tribal peoples and frequently incorporates tribal language  into her work to help preserve its' future.  

She attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe where she transcended her art into a range of different mediums, favoring acrylic which allows her to translate bold colors to canvas.

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Her work can be seen across the nation in various locations and is available for special events.  Additional work can be seen at www.jnicolehatfield.com



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Elias Not Afraid, Apsaalooke (Crow) beader and feather artists has burst upon the Native Arts scene combining the gift of traditional beading  techniques with contemporary design elements!

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Beading since the age of 11, Elias grew up on the Crow reservation in Montana and found his talents in beading and featherwork provided the escape needed to address the challenges of life on the reservation.  Elias draws his inspiration from tribal elders including his great grandmother, Joy Yellowtail.

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Elias's work is highly sought after by both designers and collectors alike.  Working closely with Bethany Yellowtail in her B. Yellowtail Collective his designs have revived interest in the age old art of traditional beading with a modern flair.


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You may find his work featured in Native Arts Magazine, Santa Fe's INdian Market and other venues!  To learn more, order his art and discover his next event venue contact Elias at Eliasnotafraid@gmail.com; Instagram: @eliasnotafraid; Facebook: Elias Jade Not Afraid

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Melissa Pochoema is a full blood Hopi from the Second Mesa Village of Shungopavi, Northern Arizona.  She was raised learning the traditional values of the Hopi ways of life.  Her father, katchina carver, Kevin Pochoema guided her early years as she watched him work with wood and color.

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Self taught, Melissa expresses herself in her "two worlds" culture through a variety of mediums, whether they appear on canvas, or the painting of silk scarves; both utilizing traditional Hopi symbols combined with abstract form and function.

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Her busy schedule includes her work as an honor student at the Institute of American Indian Arts, an intern at the Wheelwright Museum in Santa Fe and frequent visits to her traditional Village at Hopi.  Melissa's work has been shown at the Hpoi Festival in Flagstaff, AZ, Heard Museum and Fair in Phoenix and Santa Fe's Indian Market.  She can be contacted at Pochoema777@yahoo.com

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