Working with my family to help build and sustain a legacy.

My family has been telling stories, making crafts and passing down native music traditions since I was a child. Everything you see here is handcrafted by my family or myself (native american)/  My grandparents taught me to be self sufficient and I can make just about any crafts I set my mind too. My native heritage has instilled pride and a constant drive to learn. With my background and considerable skills, I am known as a crafterr in the community, whether it's leather, bead, metal or clay. I strive every day to become a better role model and teacher in my tribe and community.  I am a member of Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation tribe. You may call me Red Bear. I am from Mebane, NC but have lived all over the United States duty to a military life. I grew up in NC right behind the Indian Tribal Grounds. My family is from the Orange, Alamance and Caswell county area. I attended UNC-G and obtained my Bachelor's of Art in Political Science and attended UNC-P in 2011, an obtained my Master's of Public Administration. I am also member of Alpha Pi Omega, the oldest native american sorority in the United States. While stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas in 2006, I needed an outlet for handling stress. I was majoring in Interior Design and Architecture at the Academy of Art and began making pieces of jewelry and selling them at local powwows in Kansas. Traveling to different states of the plains area, I felt connected with many cultures of native American Indians. I have worked toward promoting healing the native community, as well as engaging the youth with outreach and being an ambassador for our people. I currently volunteer to teach beginning beading through healing in our tribe once a month. I believe that healing is important and I believe wholeheartedly that building a health promotion foundation that embraces bio-psycho-socio-spiritual-ceremonial approaches and tradition medicine can help focus when your spirit is low. I look forward to working with each of my customers and taking this journey on our path together.

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