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About Us

About Us

I meant to write an updated “About Us” on January 1st, 2019. It’s now late June 2019 and I am sitting down to draft this. Lower priority items get pushed down on the to-do list. Our priority every, single day is to ship out orders. Our customers can expect their orders to ship out in 1-2 business days. Honestly, we get packages out the same day fairly often. This is a point of pride for us. In late 2018, the Saginaw Chippewa community suffered the loss of several people. These deaths struck our Bead Team quite close. But were able to make it through with the help of each other, our community, and of course, our customers.

We’ve slowed down on our powwow trail travels this year. After so many years, that physical work starts to take its toll. This means we have more time to focus on expanding our product lines, acquiring new products, and tuning up our website. We can still be found at various events in the area of Mount Pleasant, Michigan, namely the annual Saginaw Chippewa Contest Powwow in July.

This year, we are concentrating on clearing out stale stock and expanding the item lines that are popular. We have added a considerably number of new beads in 2019, which can be viewed here. We have sold our entire stock of Bugle Beads, 8/0 Seed Beads, Crow/Roller Beads. We love these items but we have limited space and need the room for our expanding lines. We are happy to special order the clearance items for you. Contact Us for pricing and minimum order quantities.

We have been working with tribal and community organizations to help with cultural workshops and community outreach. If your tribe, organization or educational institution is in need of cultural materials, we’re happy to help. We can put together sales quotes, acquire hard to find materials, and work with your specific needs. Please Contact Us if you represent any such organization and are interested in what we can offer. Popular items include beads by the kilo, fabric by the bolt, ribbon in 50-100 yard spools, and high-quality sewing notions, at prices competitive with national retailers.

I founded Bead & Powwow Supply in 2011, when I was struggling to find the fashionable supplies that I wanted for my beadwork. This business has grown beyond my initial imaginings and has taken me all over Mshiikenh-mnising (Turtle Island). I am ever so honored to continue growing and offering employment in my Anishinaabe community. Artists and clothing have played a significant role in the survival of indigenous peoples, and we are proud to continue that tradition. As the effects of climate change become readily apparent, we are doing what we can. We’ve set the goal of eliminating single-use plastics in our packaging materials, and eventually, our business altogether.

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Autumn “Ellie” Mitchell (Saginaw Ojibwe; Eagle Clan)
Owner of Bead & Powwow Supply
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