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Elaine Young-Clement (l) and
Edythe Nichols (r)
Photo by LuAnne Kozma

Edythe Nichols and Elaine Young-Clement
2009 master artist and apprentice
Sault Ste. Marie (Chippewa County)
regalia clothing

Edythe, (“Edye”) Nichols, of Ojibwe and French descent, is a member of the Sault Ste. Marie tribe of Chippewa Indians. She is known in Native American communities as a master regalia clothing designer and maker. She has made regalia and clothing for over 30 years for cultural activities and events, such as pow wows, funerals and community feasts, for which traditional clothing is needed. After taking her own daughters to pow wows and making their regalia, she learned from many elders, sharing and learning as she traveled all over Ojibwe country. Edye chose Elaine Young-Clement, a cultural training specialist for the tribe, as her apprentice. Elaine already had been making some regalia for her family but wanted to learn more techniques and master the skills. Both Edye and Elaine take part in educational programming for tribal members and culture camps for youth.

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