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. Creating in the aesthetic and craft traditions of my ancestors, themes include social justice, decolonization, the Seven Generations, our relationships with Creation, the Seven Grandfathers teachings, and my lived experiences as a mixed-race Anishnaabe-kwe.
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.