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Odemin literally means heart-berry in Anishinaabemowin (Anishinaabe language) and refers to strawberries. Strawberries are very important in the traditional Anishinaabe food-cycle because they are the first berry to ripen. They are held in very high regard and are a staple part of many ceremonies. These beaded strawberries will remind the wearer of the sacred hope of summer all through the long, cold winters. Measure 1.75” at widest point and 2” in length; French hooks, backed with white commercial-tanned buckskin. Handmade in Anishinaawaki.

About the Artist

JI’s style is very reflective of the contemporary powwow circuit. This is not surprising, given her love of powwows. Bright, vivid colors are the rule, with a full embrace of rainbow color sequences. JI’s beading is tight and secure enough to withstand many seasons of wear and tear on the powwow trail. These are pieces that you can wear on an active vacation, not just to office meetings and nice dinners.

JI (Ojibwe; Turtle Clan) is an enrolled member of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation. She has lived in Saginaw Ojibwe territory for over half her life, where she has established many familial ties and lasting friendships. She learned the basics by watching her mother bead and has refined her techniques with over ten years of beading herself. JI finds inspiration in the traditional woodland florals of her Anishinaabe ancestors. To her fellow artists, she offers this advice “just keep creating your own artwork and perfect your style…”