MEET THE ARTIST
Mikailah Thompson is a Nez Perce tribal member residing in Lapwai, ID. She has attended Lewis-Clark State College finishing with degrees in Business & Communication and Marketing along with an emphasis in Leadership and Nez Perce Language.
Thompson was taught how to bead from her grandmother, Chloe Halfmoon.
Her work has been purchased in states throughout the country. To her, beadwork is an art form that holds importance within many native communities. She says, "It's more than just jewelry or accessories. Many of us have beadwork that our great grandparents made or that our ancestors had. When you receive it, it's supposed to last for generations and continue to be passed down. And this is one of the key reasons I am passionate as I am about my work."