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It was in Madison, Wisconsin, at the community center potlucks where Native families gathered on Sundays, that Dyani White Hawk (Sicangu Lakota) learned to bead as a young teen. Lakota and Ojibwe family friends in Minnesota helped her develop stronger sewing skills in her twenties and thirties.1 She learned porcupine quillwork
from a Choctaw instructor at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Combining such indigenous art forms, which she loves, with abstract painting, which she also loves, is one way White Hawk, who is of Lakota and European ancestry, “encourages audiences to think critically about historically imposed hierarchical systems and recognize the deep inherent worth and value within traditional materials and practices,” she says.