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Tracy Desjarlais

Tracy Desjarlais, beadwork, beader, Indigenous Artist, First Nations, Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada, Pass The Feather

Tracy Desjarlais

Tracy Desjarlais

Little Black Bear

My name is Tracy Desjarlais, I grew up in the Qu’Appelle Valley and I am affiliated with Little Black Bear Band in Saskatchewan. I took up beading when I was a young teenager, around 14 years old or so. I had a few friends who were beaders already at that age and my grandmother also did small beading projects.

Tracy Desjarlais, beadwork, beader, Indigenous Artist, First Nations, Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada, Pass The Feather

Watching people bead and going to local pow-wows got me more interested in picking it up and I have been beading ever since. I am of Cree/Michif ancestry so I think my biggest passion is floral patterns which is what my people are well known for. I love to express myself with bright colors and incorporating different techniques into my projects and I am very proud of who I am and the beautiful place I call home.

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