A Native Youth Shoe Design Workshop
Date: May 20th, 2018, 1:30-5:30pm
Location: Feast Arts Center, 1402 S 11th St, Tacoma, WA 98405
Tribal Vibes was a free shoe design workshop that encouraged positive self-expression and cultural pride through the arts. Professional artists Roger Fernandes (Lower Elwha Klallam) and Sondra Segundo (Haida) led culturally informed design activities for 19 Native youth ages 10-18. Each workshop participant walked away with a new pair of shoes decorated to proudly express who they are as contemporary Indigenous people.
Tribal Vibes was organized by four Indigenous women - Misha Averill, Maggie Sanders, Adriel Starren, and Asia Tail - as part of Native Action Network's 2018 Leadership Cohort.
To educate and engage Native American youth through a hands-on experience using Native arts, elements, materials, and history to aid self-identity and their relationship to their ancestors and Native American culture. We would like to bridge the resources and share those who are experts in their craft of American Indian designs to inspire Native American Youth to get engaged.
To inspire Native American Youth to get involved with traditional and contemporary methods of arts and continuing to practice and keep the arts alive, evolutionary, and experimental.
Creating a space for community and Native American youth to engage, practice, and learn about different Native cultural art elements/designs, and practice those designs on contemporary clothing items, specifically shoes.
Photographs by Kris Crews