Tribal Crafts & Marie Dion UNITE!
Tribal Crafts was incorporated as a non-profit 501 c 3 in 1987 through the hard work and love of two amazing women, its founders, Karin Kiem and Ginny Speirs. It was born through a friendship between Connecticut residents at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme and the Green Grass community on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota. Together, the groups wanted to find ways to help bring income to that small community. They decided that bringing art back to New England for sale would not only provide that income, but would also contribute to keeping a beautiful culture alive and flourishing, sharing it with a broader audience.
Since 1987, the Tribal Crafts mission has remained the same, to lift up and encourage the making of traditional crafts for which the Lakota people are known, while simultaneously fulfilling the need for everyday survival. Through-out the years, Tribal Crafts has formed many friendships with talented artists and has been witness to their incredible stories of struggle, heartache and hope. They have participated in ceremony, stood along-side friends at Standing Rock and together, have nurtured this mutually beneficial relationship for years.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this special edition of “Journey of a Red Soul” will be donated to Tribal Crafts, Inc. Funds raised will be used to help foster a bridge between grandmothers, mothers and their children using traditional art as a conduit, giving them opportunity, and helping to empower women in their lives and make a better life for their children. Healing the past, and for a brighter future for all.
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