Leith Mahkewa

Supporting Each Other and Creation

Leith Mahkewa
This artist is a member of SWAIA.org South Western Association for Indian Arts
Unique hand constructed Iroquois raised beadwork style vase. Finished during the Indigenous solidarity movement that supported the Wet’suwet’en people in early 2020. Named to honour the women and men upholding their responsibility as caretakers of the land.
This piece could also speak to the need for all people to stand with one another during this what has been a very eventful 2020 thus far.

The panels of the vase are practically identical with exception of the red figures that grace the top of the vase. Two sides of the vase depict three females holding hands representing the strength that women have when united, supportive of each other and defending the land. The opposite two sides have three figures, two males and one female. The men are on either side of the female and they are holding hands. This represents the importance that both men and women hold within their Nation/Community and the necessity for them honour, respect and support one another.

The blue beads that make up the majority of line work represent the water ways that surround us. Typically line work like this would be done with white beads.

This piece won 2nd place in the Division E of the VII Diverse Art Forms Category at the 62nd Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market 2020 and comes with the corresponding ribbon.

Materials:
Black Cotton Velvet with a cotton calico lining.
Glass seed beads ranging in size from 13-22, some vintage, precious stones and 24kt gold beads.

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