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Treffrey Deerfoot

Treffrey Deerfoot

"To preserve the stories, songs, and dances of the Blackfoot people and celebrate our rich culture and heritage. While one individual cannot stem the loss of culture, it is my hope that my work will stand as testament to what true Blackfoot design is in the modern world.”

In Alberta and Saskatchewan, I am a well-known pow wow dancer, speaker and ceremonialist.  I am a member of the sacred Horn Society of the Blackfoot people and a partner to a sacred "Beaver Bundle".  I am strongly committed to preserving and transferring our way of life for and to younger generations. 

Since the age of 4 I have been a dancer.  At a young age I learned to bead from my grandmother whom was my primary caregiver.  I have beaded and designed many numerous Blackfoot specific outfits for myself, children and grandchildren.  As a result, my beadwork and outfit making has been commissioned by many fellow dancers. Presently I have complete outfits at the Royal Alberta Museum, Glenbow Museum, Calgary Airport, and Blackfoot Crossing Heritage Park.

My beadwork and outfits are true Blackfoot designs.  Today many talented younger generation beaders and crafts people, bead beautiful generic pan-indigenous designs without a true understanding of the stories, traditions and knowledge of origins.  Unfortunately, designs are taken from the internet and incorporated into many outfits and beadwork.  In comparison, my family designs are congruent with the designs found in daguerreotype photos of our people.  While one individual cannot stem the loss of culture, it is my hope that my work will stand as testament to what true Blackfoot design is in the modern world.

Treffrey Deerfoot is the Artistic Director of Blackfoot Medicine Speaks Dance Company and well known beadworker from the Siksika Nation and Blood Tribe of the Blackfoot Nation, Alberta.

http://www.blackfootmedicinespeaks.com/