Amy Tall Chief – Artist bio
Hi everyone! Amy Tall Chief here. Thanks for stopping by and surfing around through my site. As you now know, I'm Osage from Oklahoma, Grayhorse District. I express who I am in all of my work. I have been doing Native American beadwork and ribbonwork since I was a young adult.
I spent many years conducting educational Native American programs, workshops and trainings throughout the country. We touched on many topics such as the origins and styles of beads, meanings behind some of the designs and colors in reference to particular Native tribes. I educated people by conducting beading demonstrations and hands on workshops where they made utilitarian pieces for themselves. My participants made items such as; beaded earrings, hair clips, ink pens, bracelets and more. I specialize in Plains style beading, loom, gourd/peyote, two-needle flat and lazy stitch. I've taught Iroquois raised beadwork, having been given permission to do so. I also taught the brick stitch, which was originally used primarily by the Comanche and Osage Nations. Along with teaching beading workshops, I conducted many cultural diversity training sessions and educational dance programs. I've hosted workshops and programs at the following venues; MTV, MTA, Verizon, Time Warner, Con Edison, Merrill Lynch, The Learning Annex, The NY Open Center, American Indian Community House as well as countless museums, schools and camps.
I contracted consistently for 9.5 years with the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in New York City, in a variety of capacities, including theatre performances, conducting educational programs and workshops. The last 3 years that I was working with NMAI, I was their “Artist in Residence”. I'm a Southern Buckskin & Southern Cloth dancer.
I was featured in my Buckskin dress in Shaggy’s Music Video, “Strength of a Woman”. I was also featured as the cover of Japanese Entertainment Magazine in full dress as well as having been in several calendars, brochures and websites.
The band Indigenous, the artist Litefoot and I were all voted the 2004 Favorite Indian Performers in Native Country, by the Native American Times which was voted on by Indian Country readers.
Samples of my beadwork are on this page, but not for sale...sorry.
However, as time permits, I'm available to conduct beading workshops.
Please contact me if you are interested in future beading workshops. Thank you for the support you give me for my artistic ventures!