TRIBE: OCcaneechi saponi
Henigu Mihe Hetoa Heyanenhes Yatt, wa Occaneechi Saponi Watahkai. I am known as Vickie Jeffries. My love of beading started when my cousin Crystal Cavalier taught a beading class at our tribal center and since it has grown into a passion.
My bracelets and earrings are done on a wooden loom and each one tells a story through the color of the beads and design. To honor my ancestors all my pieces are given a name in the Tutelo-Saponi language. When I am beading I feel my fingers flowing through each design and when the piece is finished I feel a sense of calmness and healing.
I also make earrings out of birch bark. Baby Birch is the pinkish under layer of birch, before it becomes seasoned and turns a whiter color. The birch tree symbolizes a fresh start and can bring healing through the power of the tree. No two earrings will be the same because of the uniqueness of the bark.
Beading and working with natural elements is my healing and I will continue for as long as I can
Neke wa bi!