Aniin ndinawemaginadoog! Valerie St. Pierre Smith ndizhnikaaz.
Gaa-waa-ba-biginikag and U'om'aha ndoonjibaa. Migizi ndoodem.
"Hello my relatives! Valerie St. Pierre Smith is my American name.
White Earth and Omaha are where I am from. I am Eagle clan."
An award-winning designer, scholar, and healing artist with an eclectic background including theatre, fashion, dance, and film, my designs have appeared at the Kennedy Center, McCarter Theatre, Sea World: San Diego, the National Museum of the American Indian, Pilobolus Dance Theatre, and more.
A bit of a unicorn, my creative and scholarly practices center identity healing through reclamation and representation, and decolonizing western creative processes and paradigms. My multi-disciplinary creative practice explores, and is deeply influenced by, my lived experiences as a mixed-blood Annishnaabe kwe, focusing on the confluence of healing, social justice, traditional Anishinaabe teachings, and the power of identity.
Interested in decolonization work? Check out some of my writings and resources under "Publications and Press." Follow me on Instagram for the most current updates on my work, my book, and other nifty happenings.