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‘Adaptation II,’ Jamie Okuma (Luiseño/Shoshone-Bannock), 2012

Detail and quality are the trademarks of this fine artist’s work. Jamie Okuma began her vocation making extravagant attire in which to attend powwows, but these efforts quickly turned into a successful career creating wearable art. These meticulously beaded and quilled Louboutin shoes are Okuma’s way of reimagining Native couture. Okuma had planned on working in the fashion industry, then became very successful as a beadworker. Now blending both worlds, she works in traditional forms and couture.

From the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery website:

“Women have long been the creative force behind Native American art, yet their individual contributions have been largely unrecognized, instead treated as anonymous representations of entire cultures. ‘Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists’ explores the artistic achievements of Native women and establishes their rightful place in the art world.”

Best to view in "Original" because other versions resized by Pbase are decidedly unsharp.

‘Dress,’ Apsáalooke (Crow) artist, c. 1930, posted earlier:

Nikon Z 7 ,Nikkor Z 24-70 f2.8 S
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François Fauchard05-Apr-2020 15:17
Not easy to walk with these shoes, I suppose ! V
Marisa Livet23-Mar-2020 17:06
Amazing! What a creativity joining tradition with modernity.
Zoltán Balogh19-Mar-2020 08:31
Wow, fantastic! V
Julie Oldfield06-Mar-2020 02:14
Very striking detail. V
victorswan05-Mar-2020 21:08
wow very popular with drag queens, never being able to understand how to walk without breaking your legs, beautifully depicted Helen BV
LynnH05-Mar-2020 16:30
These shoes made me smile. Gorgeous and so very clever. V
Dan Greenberg05-Mar-2020 15:43
Gorgeous!! I like that you used a narrow DOF for this. These exhibits are fascinating. ~BV~
joseantonio05-Mar-2020 05:10
must be so difficult to walk with those shoes.V
William Barletta05-Mar-2020 04:59
Gorgeous bead work. Highly imaginative ~V~
Gill Kopy05-Mar-2020 03:22
What amazing work !! You've done a marvelous job capturing the detailed the bead and feather work. V
Tom Munson05-Mar-2020 02:51
Those shoes are amazing. Great shot.
Jeff Real05-Mar-2020 02:47
A marvel of design and color!
A really marvelous image, Helen!
larose forest photos05-Mar-2020 02:08
They are out of this world! Exquisite beadwork on them and a fabulous shot by you. V
Dennis Hoyne05-Mar-2020 00:50
Fantastic detail on these beautiful shoes!
bill friedlander05-Mar-2020 00:15
Nicely detailed shot of these extraordinary shoes. V
Graeme05-Mar-2020 00:06
A nice pair of colourful shoes, Helen.V!!
Nick Paoni04-Mar-2020 23:31
So unique, definitely a fashion statement.
Hank Vander Velde04-Mar-2020 23:04
BEAUTIFUL art and amazing artist Helen. A well captured image and good info too.
hayl04-Mar-2020 21:50
What amazing shoes - a real work of art.
Liz Bickel04-Mar-2020 21:38
I agree with Dave. Even when I was 18, I wouldn't subject myself to the torture of shoes like these. - no matter how pretty they are. And these are very pretty. I like flash and the unique.
Dave Berry04-Mar-2020 21:29
I will never understand why women do that to their feet and other body parts. Great capture. V
globalgadabout04-Mar-2020 21:21
certainly might be able to open cans with those heels..
Isabel Cutler04-Mar-2020 20:57