Becca Lynn, creater of QueerKwe Designs, used her beadwork talents to show attendees how to make bracelets and discuss Two-Spirit Identity.
As a member of the Two-Spirit community herself, she has a lot of perspective and experience with this topic. She gave a very inspiring, but also heartbreaking presentation telling the story of her and her people’s history. By Megan Girbach× 1 / 3 The creation and production of Native American jewelry started as early as 12,000 years ago. “Paleo-Indians transformed materials like shell and stone into wearable jewelry, and tribes across America followed suit.” Animal and fishbones often could be etched into beautiful and elaborate pendants. Shells, stones, and coral were “chipped into tiny beads for necklaces or clothing decorations.” These jewelry pieces are still made today with materials like gold and titanium.
Students interested in learning about Two-Spirit Identity and creating beautiful pride jewelry met in the Student Center Intersection on Tuesday, Nov. 19.
Becca Lynn, creator of QueerKwe Designs , is an “Anishinaabe artist trying to create space and representation for two spirit and LGBTQ indigenous fol[k] through [her] beadwork.” She partnered with EMU’s Native American Student Organization (NASO) and the Center of Race & Ethnicity (CORE) to host this event.
Lynn shared what she had planned for the evening: “I’ll be giving a lecture with a brief overview of indigenous world views, traditional gender roles in our communities, and the ongoing effects of colonization.” She continued: “I want to open up a dialogue as we make our identity […]