ELIAS JADE NOT AFRAID
Asiita iiaakshi "Outstanding Young Man"
“I began beading when I was 11 years old. I grew up living in my late great-grandmother’s (Joy Yellowtail) home and I would find her art projects all around the house; floral designs, barrettes, medallions, and moccasins. I was so intrigued by her craftsmanship and was determined to learn how to bead. I had a rough childhood, so I looked at beading as an outlet to escape my surrounding environment and channeled all of my emotions into my work. My mother taught me to bead in the intricate 2 needle appliqué technique, and my grandfather Antonio Pisano taught me how to make powwow fans, and I would then add a beaded peyote stitch to the handles. To this day, my family remains to be my greatest inspiration.”