takara matthews

Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi

Image of TK Matthews dancing.

Artist Bio

Takara is an award winning Powwow dancer, bead worker and designer of Native American Clothing. She has been beading and sewing for many years.  She specializes in bright colors and cutting edge designs.

Takara started dancing when she was only four.As a child she was involved with many youth groups including: Dawn Land Youth Group, Circle of Courage Youth Group and W’Abenaki youth camp.  She specializes in Traditional and Fancy Shawl dancing at Powwow throughout the Northeast.

She was a participant in the Flynn dance performance From the New World, during the Quadricentennial Celebration in 2009. that highlighted the experience of Samuel de Champlain and the indigenous peoples of the Northeast. She was also and a featured at the Vermont Indigenous Celebration,

Takara put her heart and soul into designing, sewing and beading Native American clothing and earrings. She welcomes custom orders.

Contact

Phone: (802) 598-6733

Email: Thunderstorm0512@hotmail.com

Facebook: W’Abenaki Stylez

Image of Matching  Beaded Crown, Earrings and Hair Ties.
Matching  Beaded Crown, Earrings and Hair Ties
Image of  Beaded Earrings.
Beaded Earrings

Image of Front and back view of a Ribbon Shirt with a coral snake applique design.
Front and back view of a Ribbon Shirt with a coral snake applique design

Exhibit

2017

Alnobak: Wearing Our Heritage. Traveling Exhibit. Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. 

2014

Featured Artist, Institute for American Indian Studies, Washington, CT

All of my Relations: Faces and Effigies from the Native World –  Invitational Group Art Exhibit.  Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, Warner, N.H.

Performances and Demonstrations

1990 – Present    

Competition Powwow Dancer

2013 

School performances for youth of current Aboriginal Americans (May-June)

“Native American Heritage Weekend,” Lake Champlain Maritime Museum,  Vergennes, VT

2012    

Dance Presentation at a Military gathering of celebrating diversity

Head lady dancer at Mtn. Kearsage 13th annual Powwow, Warner NH

2011    

Native American Heritage Weekend, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Vergennes, VT

“Speaking To The Ancestors Abenaki Gathering,” ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, VT

2010    

 Native American Heritage Weekend, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Vergennes, VT

“Winter Celebration.” ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, VT

2009    

“Vermont Indigenous Celebration.”  ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, VT

2009    

Dance performance for the Burlington Performance of Arts at the Flynn Theater

Theater production to the contemporary play “From the New World” by Heddy Maalem at the Flynn Theater

1998 – 2002

Abenaki Dance Troop Performer (toured New England to educate Abenaki dance and culture)

Awards and Honors:

Dartmouth Powwow I have place 1rst, 2nd, 3rd in multiple years

Mohegun Sun Powwow 3rd and 4th place

Browns University Powwow 2nd and 3rd

Shelburne Vermont Powwow 2nd Place

Head Lady Dancer for Mt. Kearsage 13th annual powwow

Head Lady Dancer for Swanton Heritage Powwow

Affiliations

Vermont Abenaki Artists Association, Juried Artist since 2013

2007 – Present  Owner of W’Abenaki Stylez (Small business)

2010 – 2012       Member of the VT Commission on Native American Affairs

2010 – 2012       Member of the Abenaki Self Help Association Incorporation

2008 – 2009        Native American Quadricentenial Advisory Committee

1995 – 2000       Was affiliated with multiple youth groups as a volunteer; Our Voices  Exposed, Three Fires Group