My name is Jalynne and I am the creator behind Nehiyanahk Creations.
I’m a Nehiyaw woman from Beardy’s and Okemasis Cree Nation, Treaty 6 Territory. Nehiyanahk means Cree Country and I hope to infuse my Nehiyaw (Cree) sensibilities and traditions into my beadwork. Beading is how I carry on our storytelling traditions.
I currently live on the traditional sites of the tribes of Multnomah, Wasco, Cowlitz, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Bands of Chinook, Tualatin, Kalapuya, and Molalla.
My beadwork is meant for everyone. However, I do ask anyone non-Indigenous to be a good relative, to understand how precious beadwork is to our community, and to understand that these are heirloom pieces. I create first as medicine for myself; being able to share that medicine is an unexpected blessing that I do not take lightly.
Beadwork is an investment. A great deal of love, emotion, time, and even physical exertion goes into creating and designing each piece. Price is something heavily contemplated and assessed. It reflects the labour and uniqueness of each product.
Spread a good fire, relatives. Kinanaskomptin for being here.