Meet the Artist

Delina White is an enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe and lives on the Leech Lake Reservation. She has a BS from Bemidji State University in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management, with a minor in Management Information Systems.

On behalf of her traditional Woodland style beadwork, Delina is a recipient of:

  • 2019 5-Wings Arts Council Master Artist;

  • 2017 Native Arts & Cultures Foundation Mentor Fellowship;

  • 2015 Folk and Traditional Arts award from the MN State Arts Board;

  • 2015 Native Arts & Cultures Foundation Fellowship;

  • 2015 Arrowhead Regional Arts Council Technology / Equipment award;

  • 2014 Five Wings Arts Council Community Arts Leadership award;

  • 2010 Bush Foundation Fellowship.

"I learned to create functional art using the traditional methods and designs reflective of the natural surroundings of the woodlands, onto apparel and accessories such as moccasins, bags, and garments for wearing. The integrity of my artwork is important because it is a reminder of the Anishinaabe / Ojibwe history and its connection to my ancestors.

I work with raw materials such as hand tanned leather, bones and shells that first arrived in the Great Lakes area in the 1600s to 1800s, and through contact with the voyageurs in Minnesota which include: cotton, wool fabric, ribbon, glass beads, sequins, brilliant silver, brass buttons, coins, and mirrors.

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