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Joyce Montana
Textile Artist

I bead and sew Mardi Gras Indian costumes. I started making these works of art over 45 years ago when I married a man who has become an icon known the world over: Mardis Gras Indian Chief "Tootie" Montana. He taught me how to sew and bead his costumes. He was known for his beautiful and elaborate costumes, and it was an honor for me to be a part of the process. I have passed on this sacred tradition to my children and grandchildren, and feel lucky to still be able to contribute to this little-known art form.

The O Bracelet Project: When I found out that this project would help the women of Rwanda, it touched my heart and I wanted to help. It was not always easy to work on these lovely bracelets, but I kept going because it was such a good cause.

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