My name is Niiostosera:ah meaning “small feather” in Mohawk, I am deer clan, and I was born and raised in Akwesasne Mohawk Territory.
This path that I’m on now all started back when I was six years old. That's when my Ista(mom), a self taught bead artist taught me how to bead. She started off with trusting me with to use a needle and learning how to put the beads on one by one. My Ista is my foundation for all the good in my life. She and my Tota (grandma) taught me to believe in myself and that whatever I set my mind to, I can achieve.
Since then, I have received awards and honourable mentions. More recently, I have had the pleasure of passing on my knowledge of beading along to others all cross turtle island. To share with the world why we are so passionate about our beadwork, and the time and energy needed to create all of the beautiful one of a kind pieces you see today.
My intention is to create beadwork that encourages others to do the same. My dream is that our youth will see that the skyworld is the limit and that anything is possible. I will never stop chasing this dream.
Niiostoseraah X Small Feather
Conducting/ facilitating - a bead group with The National Art Center (Ottawa,ON)
Facilitating- “Intro to beading” workshop with Algonquin College for AC Day 1 of Frosh Week
Facilitating - “Dream Catcher" workshop for Algonquin College's Indigenous Student Centre The Mamidosewin
Facilitating- “raised beading Technique” workshop for Manitobah Mukluks
Awards & Honourable Mentions:
1st place sculpture award “big Mocs to fill” 2016
Honourable mention “I love you with all my heart” paper cutout 2016
Honourable mention “small feather” drawing 2015