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Naomi Smith

Naomi is a First Nation Artisan and Educator. She is actively involved in educating others about the ways of the First Nations people of the Woodlands and Northeastern area from a historical and contemporary perspective often through the story of beads. Her work embraces ancestral designs in the form of bags, adornment and traditional accessories. Naomi designs and creates Traditional Beadwork, Quill work, Sweetgrass or Birch Bark basket-making and Woodlands Moose Hair embroidery, always valuing these Sacred materials through her teachings & creative process. Naomi has exhibited her artwork at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian and acted as guest lecturer for a special event on Woodlands Native people. She has taught classes at Peel Art Gallery, Museum & Archives (PAMA), Bata Shoe Museum, Wellington County Museum and Archives, Jake Thomas Learning Centre (Six Nations Brantford), TomThompson Gallery, Art Gallery of Guelph, Canadian National Exhibition, Kitchener Waterloo Museum, Embroidery Association of Canada, many friendship centres and Native communities. Naomi participates in several art shows every year where she showcases her one of a kind wearable art. She also enjoys her role as an Aboriginal resource person for the Guelph, Kitchener Waterloo regions. Naomi has also designed and curated several exhibits on Woodlands and Northeastern Native Material culture. She is also an accomplished lecturer and presenter. “Honouring our Traditions is my voice within and beyond my Culture and Community. There is no word for “art” in Native languages yet artistry and visual expression are critical in defining who we are as First Nations people. This is the path I wish to exemplify by my work." Her career highlights have included representing her Nation at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, co-curating or collaborating on numerous historical Native exhibits and events at venues such as Canadian National Exhibition, Dufferin County Museum and Archives, Bovaird House, Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA), Wellington County Museum and Archives. Naomi participates in numerous shows throughout the year and is the co-founder of the Aboriginal Heritage Festival and Indigenous and Ingenious Art Show & sale. Naomi offers a number of hand-on workshops designed for all skill levels.
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