Bead Talk : Indigenous Knowledge and Aesthetics from the Flatlands

SKU: 9781772840650

Carmen L. Robertson, Judy Anderson, Katherine Boyer (Eds.)
Grade Levels:
Adult Education
Book Type:
University of Manitoba Press
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Edited by Carmen L. Robertson, Judy Anderson and Katherine Boyer. Carmen Robertson is a Scots Lakota woman from in and around the Qu’Appelle Valley in Saskatchewan. Judy Anderson is nêhiyaw from Gordon First Nation, SK. Anderson’s art practice focuses on issues of spirituality, nêhiyaw intellectualizations of the world, relationality, graffiti, colonialism and decolonization. Katherine Boyer is a Métis, settler, and queer visual artist from Regina, Saskatchewan.

Indigenous beadwork has taken the art world by storm, but it is still sometimes misunderstood as static, anthropological artifact. Today’s prairie artists defy this categorization, demonstrating how beads tell stories and reclaim space and cultural identity. Whether artists seek out and share techniques through YouTube videos or in-person community gatherings, beading fosters traditional methods of teaching and learning and enables intergenerational transmissions of pattern and skill.

In Bead Talk, editors Carmen Robertson, Judy Anderson, and Katherine Boyer gather conversations, interviews, essays, and full-colour reproductions of artwork from expert and emerging artists, academics, and curators to illustrate the importance of beading in contemporary Indigenous arts. Taken together, the book poses and responds to philosophical questions about beading on the prairies: How do the practices and processes of beading embody reciprocity, respect, and storytelling? How is beading related to Indigenous ways of knowing? How does beading help individuals reconnect with the land? Why do we bead?

Showcasing beaded disease cells, tumplines, text, masks, regalia, and more, Bead Talk emphasizes that there is no one way to engage with this art. The contributors to this collection invite us all into the beading circle to witness the creation and display of Indigenous beadwork, reshape how beads are understood, and stitch together generations of artists.  This book contains 62 Colour illustrations.

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