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Artisan Spotlight: Alexandrea Pasquayak

Artisan Spotlight: Alexandrea Pasquayak

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Hello, my name is Alexandrea Aldrich/ Pasquayak. I am Santee Dakota. I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado but have been living with my husband and children in Alberta for the last ten years. I began beading at the young age of 12, so for 20 years I have trialed and error to get at where I am now with my art. My aunt Ursula Youngbear was the one who shared her gift with me and is now a gift I also carry. I have shared my gift of beading with youth within my community and I enjoy sharing tips with fellow beaders.

My work is all over Canada and the U.S; I have done small pieces to larger orders of numerous dance regalia including my own and my childrens'. Beading for me has always been a source of self-care, something that I enjoy. I love to see my pieces across Turtle Island, the appreciation of hard work is very rewarding and a blessing.

Given this opportunity to show case my art is a huge blessing and I am grateful for this opportunity, Thank you to everyone involved!

Alexandrea has created the beadwork for the Women's Fancy Dance in Powwow! Ohcîwin The Origins. Have a peek at 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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