#APKIVACON Session Materials
April 26 – 28, 2023
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Rebekah is Chippewa, Cree & Blackfeet who is an enrolled member of the Chippewa Cree Tribe located in North Central Montana. She is a fourth generation beader and sewist, carrying on the culture and tradition by teaching her son Royce (fifth generation). She combines her tribal heritage with street style to create Indigenous Luxury Fashion. Her brand’s main color palette is neons with fun, fierce and cool silhouettes.
Rebekah was very humbled and proud receiving Honorable Mention for her Flashy Night and Day Mask at the most prestigious Native American Art Show in Sante Fe, NM at SWAIA. Her favorite accomplishment includes both her and her son being in August Vogue as 15 Indigenous Artists to know from this year’s Sante Fe Indian Market. Her son Royce was wearing her Gucci #NativeDrip ribbon shirt. Her new collection for 2023 is called, “Love & Fashion”.
KIVA is honored that Rebekah brought her style to #APKIVACON Fashion Show 2023.
Angela Howe-Parrish of Choke Cherry Creek is a phenomenal beadwork artist, sewist, fashion designer and business owner. She is an enrolled member of the Apsáalooke (Crow) Nation and a descendent of the Pikuni (Blackfeet) Nation of Montana. Her Apsáalooke name is Ikūalasaash which means “Persistence” given by her grandmother for her ability to work hard, reach her educational goals and pursue success. She is a member of the Whistling Water Clan and a child of the Big Lodge Clan. She infuses designs, colors and florals that her Indigenous relatives used.
Her role as a wife and mother are of the utmost importance to her. She also strives to be a positive role model for all generations by empowering and uplifting her community. By creating contemporary Indigenous fashion, her goal is to utilize the platform of fashion design to occupy spaces where there is a need for representation of Indigenous people.
Choke Cherry Creek’s mission is to inspire the world to see that Indigenous people are beautiful, resilient, rich in culture and are still carrying on their traditions today. Each piece is designed thoughtfully and can be worn by everyone. Angela has been invited to showcase her array of clothing in various places including RES 2022 Las Vegas, New York Fashion Week, the Runway Cultural Series in Denver and Paris Indigenous Fashion Week.
Eileen Ellen Crocker, White Mountain Apache Tribe, born and raised in Whiteriver Arizona. A full time Single Mom to four beautiful souls, traditional God Mother to 6 beautiful young women, full time employee with the White Mountain Apache Tribe as a Coordinator for the Johnson O’Malley Program. Eileen is a Licensed Zumba Instructor with two classes a week at the Ndee Bii Fitness Center, Whiteriver, AZ
She also serves as an Advisor & Mentor of the White Mountain Apache Tribal Youth Council, a group she along with her classmates founded 33 years ago. Eileen also serves in her church as a Sunday School teacher for the youth and enjoys singing, sewing, speaking and meeting new people.