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

Edythe Nichols and Elaine Young-Clement
2010 master artist and apprentice
Saulte 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 traditional regalia and clothing required for cultural activities and events, such as pow wows, funerals, and community feasts. 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. In her second year apprenticing with Edye, Elaine Young-Clement, also of Sault Ste. Marie and a cultural training specialist for the tribe, is continuing 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. They participated in community pow wows wearing the regalia they made last year. The focus of their apprenticeship this year is making regalia for men and boys and practicing more appliqué techniques.

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