ShinliNiintaih

Creations inspired by Teetł'it Gwich'in culture & land

Edmonton, Alberta | 15 Sales

ShinliNiintaih

Creations inspired by Teetł'it Gwich'in culture & land

Edmonton, Alberta 15 Sales On Etsy since 2018

5 out of 5 stars
(2)

Announcement   Welcome to my shop!

Shinli' Niintaih is an authentic Indigenous handmade arts and jewelry making shop. My inspiration comes from my Gwich'in culture, connection to homelands, and family.
From time to time I will also support other Teetł'it Gwich'in artists and sell their work for them. All proceeds from their sales goes directly back to them.

You can follow my Facebook page and Instagram account for updates on my shop. @ShinliNiintaih

Any purchases made in Edmonton you can use YEGLOCAL for free pickup/drop off.

Announcement

Last updated on 10 Nov, 2018

Welcome to my shop!

Shinli' Niintaih is an authentic Indigenous handmade arts and jewelry making shop. My inspiration comes from my Gwich'in culture, connection to homelands, and family.
From time to time I will also support other Teetł'it Gwich'in artists and sell their work for them. All proceeds from their sales goes directly back to them.

You can follow my Facebook page and Instagram account for updates on my shop. @ShinliNiintaih

Any purchases made in Edmonton you can use YEGLOCAL for free pickup/drop off.

Elaine Alexie

Contact shop owner

Elaine Alexie

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About

My Journey

I am excited to share with you my journey in jewelry making and other handmade items drawn from inspiration of Teetł'it Gwich'in Culture & Land. My name is Elaine Alexie and I am a member of the Teetł’it Gwich’in First Nation, born and raised in Northern Canada. I create various forms of jewelry designs that incorporates my interest in exploring silversmithing techniques and my love for beading. So my work explores many techniques and forms. I started this page as a means to help myself grow as an artist. What started as making jewelry for family and friends has grown much bigger circles over time.

I also want to share my love and desire to make things that inspire me in my life and journey to learn new things. I have many inspirations but my biggest is my mother Dorothy. She has shared with me her incredible knowledge on land base practices, the handling and processing of natural materials and working with items drawn from our culture and close connection to our Teetł’it Gwich’in lands. The translation of the words Shinli' Niintaih is 'my hands are getting strong' or 'overtime my hands become strong by working with them'. Both my mother and I found this word perfect and fitting for the name of our business. I have a deep appreciation for all things handmade and take pride in the work that I do.

A portion of my jewelry making sales will go toward youth cultural resurgence projects in my home community. Shinli’ Niintaih as well acts as a community collective. To support other Teetł’it Gwich’in artists, I help them by selling their own work online. All of the proceeds from their sales goes right back to them. I believe strongly that creating opportunities for people to generate and keep the art forms alive is incredibly vital for knowledge transmission, and the relationships that result, in Indigenous communities.

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Shop members

  • Elaine

    Owner

    I am a member of the Teetł'it Gwich'in First Nation and enjoy creating with my hands. My inspiration draws from my land, family & culture in Northern Canada. I create various forms of jewelry making, love to explore silversmithing and love beading.

Production partners

  • Marilyn Colin

    Yellowknife, NT

    Collective community member of Shinli Niintaih, provides sewing and beading artwork that showcases Teetł'it Gwich'in culture. All sales of their work goes directly back to the artists.

  • Sharon Vittrekwa

    Whitehorse, YT

    Collective community member of Shinli Niintaih, provides sewing and beading artwork that showcases Teetł'it Gwich'in culture. All sales of their work goes directly back to the artists.

  • Shirley Alexie

    Fort McPherson, NT

    Collective community member of Shinli Niintaih, provides sewing and beading artwork that showcases Teetł'it Gwich'in culture. All sales of their work goes directly back to the artists.

Shop policies

More information

Last updated on 24 Jul, 2018
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalized orders

From time to time I will accept custom orders based on availability

Care instructions

Some items are made with materials collected from the land and worked with in a special manner. Such items need to be taken care of to avoid deterioration or defect. Keep items away from water, take care of items by avoid handling them in a rough manner to preserve longevity.