Chippewas of the Thames First Nation
Mitchell A. Riley, from Chippewas of the Thames First Nation is located in South Western Ontario Canada. He is an Indigenous artist and a Canadian leather crafter / leather worker. Mitchell specializes in a certain type of leather work that is uncommon on the pow wow trail.
His hand carves original leather designs into veg-tan leather, as well as specializes in a unique styling of regalia belts using what he knows about designing floral style beadwork and applying it to the leather carvings. Mitchell’s background is Ojibwe, he grew up on reserve learning a lot about crafts from his grandfather at a very young age. In 2015, Mitchell started to get back into the craft work and travel the pow wow trail. In recent years, he has expanded his crafting knowledge to include traditional and modern leather work. Currently, Mitchell is looking to make this a full time career towards indigenous artist and leather crafter. In his future plans, he hopes to one day travel to a leather studio in Toronto to learn how to make leather shoes and boots from other leather professionals in the shoe industry.