An opportunity to support indigenous women creators is coming up next week as part of First Friday for March, which is also Women's History Month. The Missoula Makers Collective is hosting Indigenous Made Missoula for an event to celebrate Indigenous Women makers and artists and will feature eight artist groups.

Who are Indigenous Made Missoula?

Indigenous Made Missoula is "a native women-owned social enterprise dedicated to empowering and uplifting Indigenous artists, makers and talent." Founded on Indigenous People's Day in 2022 their efforts give visibility to artists as well as help them network and develop professionally.

Who are Missoula Makers Collective?

The Missoula Makers Mission is to "connect the Missoula Community with local artists and makers." Their focus on promoting handmade goods is helping to educate the community, particularly around, as they say in their mission, "spending with intention."

What Kind of Art Will be Featured?

Some of the artwork created by artists participating in the Matriarch Market includes jewelry, pottery, photography, and beading. Of course, the best way to experience the art is in person at the event.

Who are the Featured Artists?

  • Pełplkwi
    • Nicole Perry (Gros Ventre)
    • Siliye & Susseli Pete (Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes)
  • Pine Hill Studi
    • Heidi Dubray (Blackfeet)
  • Xʷlxʷilt LLC
    • Aspen Decker (Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes)
  • Honey Bear Beads
    • Julie Cahoon (Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes)
  • Val & Gisele Forrest (Nakota)
  • Dancing Butterfly Designs
    • Kristina Lucero (Tseycum)
  • Alishon Kelly (Blackfeet/Pend d'Oreille)
  • Thunder Woman Designs
    • Lauren Small-Rodriguez (Northern Cheyenne)

The Matriach Market will take palce:

First Friday, March 3rd

5pm - 8pm

420 N Higgins Ave #B (Inside Missoula Makers Collective)

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