Friday, 17 February 2012

Dr Jessica Metcalfe and American Indian fashion

This is a discussion with Dr Metcalfe about her work in Indigenous fashion and the fashion world.

Dr Metcalfe is a Turtle Mountain Chippewa from North Dakota, and recently earned her Ph.D. in American Indian Studies (focusing on art, literature, and education) from the University of Arizona. Currently based out of Tempe, she is working to create a book from her dissertation on Native American designers of high fashion.

She talks about Lloyd Kiva New (1950's), the Savage Primitif of Virgil Ortiz, Tradition as innovation, fashion as a form of expression and communication, art as contributing to the cultural continuity, and sacred images.

She is also the host of a popular and controversial blog called