This Native Jewelry Designer Combats Stereotypes Through Art
“People really want to fit Native people into a box, in this safe stereotype space. I defy every single stereotype anyone has ever held about Native people. I enjoy breaking those stereotypes, completely smashing them.”
Though it’s early on a Saturday morning, the line outside the art market snakes down the block. As I get in line, I can’t help but notice the patrons: a sea of white, elderly faces, in large hats and sensible shoes, clutching programs and coffee as they fan themselves under the desert sun.
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