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Transforming Beads into Beauty

Indigenous Finery &

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Welcome to Wiwinu

Transforming beads into beauty.

Carrying on the beadworking customs of her grandmother, Nicole handcrafts each piece with painstaking care. Inspired by nature and centuries-old designs of the Plateau Indians, Nicole’s earrings, moccasins, bags, bracelets, and more represent a way to honor the beautiful artistry of the ancestors, and continue the indigenous tradition of transforming beads into beauty.

Also, Nicole is a consultant.

Wiwinu means huckleberry.

Huckleberries—called wiwinu in the Ichishkin language spoken by Plateau tribes of the Northwest United States—are a traditional first food of the Wenatchi and Yakama people. Arriving in late summer when Mother Earth is alive with color, life, and bounty, wiwinu provide sustenance for the body and spirit, inspiration, and for Wiwinu Founder Nicole Adams, a connection to ways of her ancestors.

Wiwinu is a Native-owned, woman-owned company.

All work sold in the Wiwinu Marketplace abides by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990—Nicole is an enrolled member of the Colville Confederated Tribes in Washington State. From Wiwinu and food carts to coffee roasters and solar panel installers to beauty products and tattoo shops, Native-owned businesses are thriving. We encourage you to frequent them whenever you can!

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