Small Business Saturday, which encourages people to shop locally, falls on November 26 this year. Below is a list of local Indigenous artists in alphabetical order.
Howe-Parrish, who is Crow and a Blackfeet descendant, is a fashion designer. Earlier this year, she traveled to Paris for the third annual Indigenous Fashion Week, where she presented 16 looks in a collection titled Honoring My Mothers and Grandmothers. She founded Choke Cherry Creek, a contemporary crow design company.
Check out her work at Choke Cherry Creek on Facebook.
Pease, who is Crow, Northern Cheyenne, Metis, Hidatsa and Cree, is a contemporary artist. His work often explores indigenous identity and challenges stereotypes. His website has prints and other available works.
Check out his work at benpeasevisions.com.
Moran McCleary, Little Shell, is a fashion designer and artist. Her shop offers stickers, clothing, bags and more.
Check out her work at plainssoul.com.
Dragonfly, Blackfeet, and Assiniboine specialize in ledger art. Ledger art, which has become popular in recent decades, refers to paintings or drawings made on official documents such as tax papers, city government files, or checks. Dragonfly lives in Browning where his work is on display at the Museum of the Plains Indian.
View his work at davidjohndragonfly.com or in person at Radius Gallery in Missoula.
Bighair Stump is a Crow fashion designer. On her website she sells backpacks, tote bags, clothing and more.
To view Bighair-Stump’s work, visit apsaalookedesignsbydella.com.
NotAfraid is a Crow artist specializing in ledgers, beadwork and jewelry making. Earlier this year, NotAfraid’s cradle board — made from ermine tails of white weasels, smoked deer and elk hides, and 200 ivory-colored elk teeth — was added to the permanent collection of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Check out his work at ejnotafraid.com/store-1-3.
Pepion, Blackfeet, is a graphic artist best known for his ledger art. Pepion has painted a number of murals throughout the Blackfeet Reservation and Great Falls that inspire pride in Native American identity. On his website he sells blankets, tote bags, scarves, stickers, prints and more.
Check out his work at johnisaiahpepion.com.
Omeasoo, Hermione skin Cree and Blackfeet, is an Arlee bead embroidery. She rose to fame on TikTok and started her own business, Antelope Women Designs. She is known for her attention to detail, which is evident in her Prince and Bob Marley pearl earrings.
Check out her work on Facebook at Antelope Women Designs.
Still Smoking is a contemporary Blackfeet painter. He and Pepion have created a number of murals across Montana.
Check out his work at Louis Still Smoking Art on Facebook.
Jarvey, Chippewa Cree and Blackfeet, is a fashion designer. As COVID-19 hit Montana, Jarvey designed a face mask using fabric from a Louis Vuitton purse, horse hair and crystals. The mask went viral and Jarvey has since attended a number of runway shows showing off her unique bow-tie pants.
Follow Jarvey’s work at Rebekah Jarvey Sewist on Facebook.
Old Bull, Salish and Crow is a multimedia artist with an affinity for beadwork. On her website you will find photographs, paintings, drawings and beadwork.
Check out her work at salishaoldbullart.com.
White Bear, Arikara and Hidatsa make handmade moccasins. She founded White Bear Moccasins based in Bozeman and hires young Indigenous women. White Bear takes custom orders and issues pre-order moccasins.
Check out her work at whitebearmoccasins.com.
Nall, whose name is Crow, is a Bozeman-based multimedia artist and poet. Their site includes prints and stickers.
Check out her work at stellanall.com.
First Winter Market of the Nations
The First Peoples’ Winter Market is a free community event featuring local artists and entrepreneurs. The event will be held on Saturday, November 26th at the Historic Business Building at the Missoula Fairgrounds from 10am to 5pm. The event is hosted by Indigenous Made Missoula, a local business dedicated to strengthening the Indigenous community.
Let us know who we miss! Email Nora Mabie at [email protected] with feature story suggestions for other local artists.