tân’si, nitisîyhkâson Ellie!
Hello! My name is Ellie!
I am a proud Métis woman living in Treaty 6 territory in the community now known as Edmonton. I have always been of an artsy disposition but first gained exposure to the world of Indigenous artwork through a spring land-based teaching offered at my University. From then on, I was hooked. I attended courses and seminars related to Indigenous art and expanded my knowledge and skills through self discipline and practice when formal instruction was absent from my life. As with all things in life, my art is a continual process of growth, self discovery, and healing.
I have been inspired, and touched by the continnued support I receiv throughout my beading and asrtistic journey thus. Such support has motivated me to continue to expand my horizons, materials, and skills. Moreover, the supportive community has inspired me to move away from Etsy and gain independence here on Mahkesîs Creations. I am thrilled for the opportunity to share my art with others and find new ways to connect with the community across Turtle Island.
Mahkesîs Creations is a proud member of the I AM Collective. The IAM Collective is an Indigenous arts collective of nearly one hundred First Nations, Metis, and Inuit artists, traditional knowledge holders, entrepreneurs, performers, and creatives who promote authenticity over appropriation by providing a place for market goers to purchase authentic, local Indigenous art and experience the splendour of Indigenous culture.
Mahkesîs Creations is a proud member of the Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IACC). The IACC is a national organization powered and empowered by Indigenous women.
In taking inspiration from the Haudenosaunee Seventh Generation Principle, the Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada was founded in 2012 to preserve and revitalize endangered Indigenous art forms and enrich lives through Indigenous arts and culture. The IACC engages, [re]connects and empowers Indigenous women by promoting the transfer and conservation of cultural knowledge; securing the capacity for the next generations to retain and cultivate intrinsic cultural connections and world views.