Niisüü Disguised as Naltsįį – Upcycled Jean
Teresa Vander Meer-Chass (Upper Tanana)
Bicycle inner tube, seed beads, short bugle beads,
24k gold beads, galvanized gold beads, nylon thread
On loan from the artist
For many years my family and I identified ourselves as Naltsįį (Crow Clan); however, this was incorrect. Recently, our Elders told us we are descendants of the Niisüü – a group that survived on a raft and were rescued by the Naltsįį. I’ve represented N ltsįį with the beaded bicycle inner tube feathers and the Niisüü are represented by the golden raft on the back of the jacket.