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Artisan Spotlight: Emery-rose Assiniboine

Artisan Spotlight: Emery-rose Assiniboine

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Emery-rose Assiniboine (pictured left, with family) is a Dakota and Plains Cree artist, seamstress, student and mother. She is from the Dakota Nation of Manitoba as well as the Neekaneet Cree Nation of Southern Saskatchewan. She is the founder of EAssiniboine Designs which specializes in Indigenous wear that ranges from regalia to beadwork.

The artist has been designing and creating beadwork with her grandmothers since she was 12 years old. She completed her first fully beaded women's traditional top at the age of 21 yrs old. She has continued to create her own regalia since then. Her sparked interest in sewing came whilst attending the First Nations University of Canada's Indigenous Social Work program in 2015.

Thus, EAssiniboine Designs was born in 2016. The artist has made ribbon skirts, mossbags, traditional dresses, fancy shawl sets, jingle dresses, mens grass, men's chicken and men's fancy apron sets. EAssiniboine Designs is a sought after designer for Indigenous regalia and beadwork across Canada and the United States.

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 EAssiniboine Designs

Emery-rose has created all the cloth work for Powwow! Ohcîwin The Origins. Have a peek at some of her work below.

Powwow! Ohcîwin The Origins

Ohcîwin is a Cree word meaning “The Origin” or telling of a story where something originated.

Powwow! Ohcîwin The Origins features 7 powwow dance styles, with full Regalia and craft work.  Curators and creators, Patrick Mitsuing and Marrisa Mitsuing, have gathered the stories, worked with the Artisans, and carefully built the Regalia for this exhibition.

This exhibition is on display at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery (MAG) until February 27, 2021. Book your visit today!


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