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Alanah Astehtsi Otsistohkwa (Morningstar) Jewell is a mixed French-First Nations artist, and is Bear Clan from Oneida Nation of the Thames. She is an illustrator, painter and muralist, and organizes local Indigenous Art Markets through @iamkitchener (Instagram). Her passion is promoting Indigenous art and culture in urban areas.

Outside of creating, she is also the Parks Engagement Associate for the City of Kitchener, where she works to Indigenize urban parks and open spaces.

Find Alanah on Instagram or visit her online store. 

Cody Houle is an Anishinaabe artist from Southwestern Ontario, Canada. A self-taught painter, Houle did not realize he enjoyed this art form until he had already created multiple pieces at the age of 31. Though drawn to abstract visuals, it is the woodland paintings that resonate most for Houle and his sense of his culture. His art allows him to show pride and strength in being an Indigenous man. Houle believes it is important to share art to inspire hope and encourage anyone to create.

Find Stalking Heron Art on Instagram or purchase his work on Redbubble. 

Elizabeth Best is a local beadwork artist. She is responsible to the urban Indigenous community in the Kitchener-Waterloo region and is mixed Métis and Vietnamese. Elizabeth was raised in Saskatchewan's child welfare system and adopted out to non-Indigenous guardians from Ontario. Her art is an expression of her reclamation process in conjunction with her PhD studies.

Discover more about Elizabeth through her website. 

Emma Rain Smith is an Aniishnaabe artist from Bkejwanong (Walpole Island) First Nation. She creates wearable art and installations in the beadwork tradition and also incorporates modern materials and techniques. Her work is influenced by Indigenous storytelling and language, and explores the relationships between oral traditions and their physical and visual representations. Emma graduated in Fine Arts from the University of Waterloo in 2018 and is still a current student at the university.

Find Emma on Instagram. 

Veronica makes handmade traditional Ojibwe dreamcatchers as well as handmade beaded earrings. They are First Nations on their maternal side and Italian on their paternal side. Majority of their work is custom dreamcatcher commissions, in which they create people’s visions in ring sizes ranging from 2 to 20 inches; suedes from ivory to bright pink to black and brown; and beads in every colour and style you can dream up.

Find Keewatin Dreams on Instagram or purchase their work on Etsy. 

Maddie Resmer is a two-spirit, mixed-Algonquin artist from the Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn First Nation and Kitigan Zibi Anishinaabeg First Nation. Maddie creates wearable acts of Indigenous resilience; made by hand, with love for the land. Maddie is also an undergraduate student at the University of Waterloo and a proud community activist. Maddie’s online store Little Wolf and the Willow is based in Kitchener, Ontario.

Find Little Wolf and the Willow on Instagram or visit their online store. 

Renee Jewell is an Anishinaabe/Haudenosaunee stained glass artist. Her father is from Oneida of the Thames while her mother came from Walpole where she grew up. In 2011, Renee was involved in an automobile accident which left her with chronic pain. This led to negative implications on her mental health. After Renee’s therapist suggested that she find a “positive distraction,” she chose to learn the art of stained glass. Creating stained glass almost daily helped Renee conquer the negative mental health symptoms she was experiencing.

Find Trippie Hippie Co. on Instagram. 

Susan Hill is a Haudenosaunee artisan and member of the Cayuga Nation living in Ohsweken on Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. She is self-taught in making moccasins and was mentored by her mother, Millie throughout her years of beading. Susan is the sole proprietor of Hill’s Creations with over 25 years of experience in beading and leatherwork crafts. Hills Creations also offers Moccasin Workshops that demonstrate and teach individuals to craft their own pair of handmade moccasins.

Find Hills Creations on Instagram or discover more through their website.