My Dakota name is Cloud Woman, My English name is Lisa Nez. I’m an enrolled member of the Lower Sioux Indian Community. My husband is Pete Nez, he is enrolled at the Navajo Nation in Arizona. This September will be our 10 year Wedding Anniversary. We have 9 Children. We are a licensed Foster Family, we are currently waiting for our adoption to be final for our two youngest; siblings, which can be any day now. Once that is final, we will then have custody or have adopted all 6 of our kids (Odin 8, Brianna 14, Nevaeh 11, Aniah 8, Nyla 5 and Osage 3). (We have 3 biological kids: Tate 18, Laiten 14, and Kimamana 12).
I enjoy making several types of Native American Arts & Crafts for Regalia. Even though I don’t like public speaking, I would rather teach others who want to learn how to make regalia instead of taking orders to make it for them. The feeling is indescribable when I see their excitement and see how proud they are that they finished their art work. And then, I can’t even describe what it feels like when I see their children or grandchildren wearing their new moccasins or regalia. It’s a lot of work to try to teach someone how to make art but it’s so rewarding when they continue to use the skills I’ve taught them. If you think about the whole process you can imagine how time consuming it can be, from coming up with the design and picking out colors that go well with each other.
I’ve made all types of regalia for men and women. I can make shawls, skirts, ribbon shirts, I can bead moccasins and leggings, I can sew star quilts, I’ve made accessories like hair ties, barrettes, earrings, chokers, head bands, and belts, and I’ve also painted parflesch sets. My future goals are that I want to learn how to do feather work and quill work.
More from these amazing artists in the coming weeks!