Am I ‘allowed’ to follow beading tutorials on YouTube if I want to learn? I am too shy to talk to people on the Reserve. My grandmother is ‘half’ which makes me barely Native, so I struggle with identity as it is.

Yes! Absolutely.

As Indigenous people, we have a very long and devastating history that has stolen so much of our culture, languages, and identity. But there’s no need for that anymore.

With brave people like yourself, we can reclaim our heritage and live the lives that our ancestors gave so much of to keep alive.

I’m proud of you for listening to yourself and your ancestors’ voices. You, along with many others play a special part of our history.

Send me a picture of your beading once you’ve got the hang of it!

Take care,

Auntie Manda

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