6 cm length / 5.5 cm wide
beadwork backed with deer hide
Dustin Henry (Tukudh First Nation / Settler) started beading to carry on tradition. Dustin comes from a family of beaders on his dads side who live up in Dawson City, Yukon. The government of “canada” claims he is Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation on paper. Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in means “people of the river” in Hän language. Dustin recently discovered through his Auntie Dolores that they are Tukudh, which means “mountain people” in Hän. For Indigenous peoples, growing up in a colonial system is confusing and it is difficult to stay connected your culture and traditions. This is why he wanted to share the beautiful tradition of beadwork. Beadwork is not an arts and crafts. It is part of his family culture and traditions. It is a spiritual way to stay connected to his ancestors and carry it on. Mähsį Cho.
Dustin’s beadwork can be found at @drin_hozo on instagram.