The Ribbon Skirt workshop is a collaborative effort between the Nizhoni Hozho Project and the American Indian Center's Art is Life, Art is US project. Lead by Nizhoni Ward (Navajo/Choctaw/Caucasian) and LeAnn Osby (Navajo).
The Nizhoni Hozho Project makes ribbon skirts for girls in residential schools. Lead by Jr. Miss Indian Chicago, Nizhoni Ward, this project is using Nizhoni's gift of sewing to make ribbon skirts for residential students attending schools on Indigenous "Native American" reservations. She started off with schools on the Navajo Nation in Arizona and is reaching out to other tribal schools on reservations.
Skirts made in the workshop can be donated to the Nizhoni Hozho Project to help reach the goal of 1,000 ribbon skirts by the end of the school year. Additional donations can be made at https://www.gofundme.com/68tfmnk and will be used to help purchase materials needed to make ribbon skirts for this project.
"ART IS LIFE, ART IS US" is an American Indian Center project that is designed to promote Chicago Native Artist, Cultural Practitioners and community build, promote and preserve their traditional knowledge and skills through the arts. Through this project the AIC will offer a series of art workshops designed to pass on cultural, economic and social skills to the Native American community of Chicago.
Through this project AIC is creating a youth and elder apprenticeship program. Youth and Elders will be paired together to learn skills from one another. Community youth will gain important traditional knowledge as well as learn how to teach these skills to other community members. Over the course of the next year youth and elders will teach community members how to make art pieces.
The Ribbon Skirt Workshops are the first set of workshops for Art is Life, Art is Us project.