The winner of the 2020 SEASAM People’s Choice award is "21st Centruy Hatchet Woman" by Shelby Rowe.

21st Century Hatchet Woman

Beadwork & Quillwork by Shelby Rowe


Size: 8" x 10"

Category: Beadwork & Quillwork

Tribal Affiliation: Chickasaw


Artwork Description:

I’ve always been inspired by the stories of our legendary Chickasaw hatchet women who are remembered for fiercely defending our villages from the French in the 1720s. This beaded portrait created on the loom features a young Chickasaw woman of today (my niece Hannah Littlefield to be precise!) shown with traditional facial tattoos that were common for our women, along with an unconquerable glare for her opponent and the weapons of choice: hatchets. She is a modern warrior woman to inspire the generations to come after us, and those of us living today, of our fierce legacy of strength and protection as Chickasaw women. This piece is framed and ready for display. Materials: size 11 glass beads; Nylon.