Gifts of the River

Martha Berry

Gifts of the River is my most recent creation.

The beaded bandolier bag, which took 314 hours to produce, was awarded "Best of Division, Traditional Beadwork and Quillwork" in the Cherokee Art Market competition in Tulsa, OK, on October 2019.

"MawMaw used to say that the blood of your folks and their folks was 'upstream.' That's the blood that's come down to you. The 'downstream' blood represents the ties we share with our children and their children - it's what we give of ourselves to our babies."

- From the short story "Blood Memory" by Daniel H. Wilson, Cherokee author

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Also, you can click on any of the photos below to explore other bandolier bags created through the years.

-- Martha Berry

Bandolier Bags