When you visit Moonstone Creation, an Indigenous-owned and family-run business located in Calgary, you’ll come across tons of beautifully beaded items for sale while taking in the wonderful smoky smell of Native tanned hide. Yvonne Jobin and her daughter Amy Willier opened the Gallery in 2009 to showcase and preserve Native Art. They use moose, elk, deer and buffalo hide in their pouches, moccasins, business card holders, purses, custom jackets and jewelry. In addition to creating handmade traditional art right in-store, Moonstone Creation also represents over 60 Indigenous makers and artisans from across Turtle Island.
The Cree First Nations owners are focused on the appreciation of Native art, not the appropriation. They use the gallery to promote traditional art in local schools and corporations, offering workshops on everything from beading to fish-scale art.