TRIBE: OCcaneechi saponi
Henigu Mihe Hetoa Heyanenhes Yatt, wa Occaneechi Saponi Watahkai. I am known as Vickie Jeffries.
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. Each piece that I bead is made from my heart and I hope the person that ends up with the piece feels the sacredness of the beads. Working with gourds is a wonderful experience. The shapes are so different and they become beautiful works of art.
I feel empowered and full of strength when I bead and I know that healing is taking place.