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Naomi Smith

Naomi Smith Naomi is a First Nations artist and educator. Her work embraces ancestral designs in the form of bags, adornment and traditional accessories. Naomi designs and creates traditional beadwork, quill work, sweetgrass or Birch Bark basket-making and Woodlands Moose Hair embroidery.

Her career highlights include representing her Nation at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, co-curating and collaborating on numerous historical Native exhibits and events at venues such as Canadian National Exhibition, Dufferin County Museum and Archives, Bovaird House, Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA), and Wellington County Museum and Archives. Naomi participates in numerous shows throughout the year and is the co-founder of the Aboriginal Heritage Festival and Indigenous and Ingenious Art Show & sale. She offers a number of hand-on workshops designed for all skill levels.

Naomi says: “Honoring our traditions is my voice within and beyond my culture and community. There is no word for art in Native languages yet artistry and visual expression are critical in defining who we are as First Nations people. This is the path I wish to exemplify by my work."

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