Artist at the National Native Media Conference carries on tribal traditions

Story and photos by Makayla Sloan This year’s National Native Media Conference features over two dozen Native vendors selling handmade items such as jewelry and other traditional regalia. One artist among them is Dan Simonds (Mashantucket Pequot), an Indigenous wampum jewelry maker. Simonds, born and raised in Norwich, Connecticut, is a lifelong artist. He has … More Artist at the National Native Media Conference carries on tribal traditions