Fighting Native American Homelessness, One Bracelet at a Time

This project from Chief Seattle Club is creating jewelry for a cause

By Sarah Edwards

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April 19, 2018

This article originally appeared in the April 2018 issue of Seattle Magazine.

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These “Home” Bracelets ($35), handcrafted by 19 apprentice artists, incorporate a traditional Native American basket design and are stamped with the Lushootseed word for “home.”

They’re a project of the Chief Seattle Club and its Native Works retail outlet (Fridays and Saturdays; Pike Place Market, MarketFront expansion, 1901 Western Ave.; nativeworkscsc.org). “The design…[is] not simply representing a physical home, but a greater sense of community that each of us is an important part of,” says Nicole Frederiksen, a business and marketing volunteer who helped develop the bracelets.

All proceeds are used to help stamp out Native American homelessness—a welcome cause for the artists, many of whom are experiencing homelessness (or have in the past).

 

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