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Jessica Metcalfe

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Jessica Metcalfe runs an online boutique, Beyond Buckskin, and her blog of the same name. As member of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa tribe, she received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and has a PhD from the University of Arizona in American Indian studies. She was a managing editor and a writer for the International Journal of Indigenous Literature, Arts, & Humanities blog Red Ink Magazine. She was a professor at the Turtle Mountain Community College and state universities where she taught Native American studies, studio art, art history, literature, and anthropology. Her blog Beyond Buckskin that she created in 2009 revolves around Native fashion trends and traditions and showcases over forty Native American artists. With the success of her blog in 2012, Metcalfe built the online store Beyond Buckskin Boutique. This was the first-ever Native-operated and designed online gallery. In 2016, she brought her online boutique to life with a retail store called Brick and Mortar on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation, where Metcalfe resides. Beyond Buckskin boutique is an online clothing store that focuses on promoting and bringing Native American Fashion to the world. When you visit the online store you can find Native made clothing, jewelry, and accessories. Metcalfe has spoken as a guest speaker about her journey in the fashion industry and also Native American issues at the following colleges: Ohio State University, Brown University and University of North Dakota. She has also presented at numerous national conferences including the Entrepreneurship & Indigenous Art Conference, the Smithsonian and Museum of Contemporary Native Arts,[4] and co-curated exhibitions. Her current work focuses on Native American art, clothing, and design from past to modern times, with an emphasis on contemporary artists. Metcalfe is passionate about feminism and feels she has to uphold the power from the long line of strong and independent women that came before her.

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