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Native American Art for Holiday Gifts

In 2022, Leah Pandoah organized Fort Hall’s annual craft fair, which occurred on December 19th and 20th. Leah sat down with Emma and Jessa to talk them through the spirit of the fair and what attendees could expect to see.

Leah, who studied art and philosophy in college and is an active Shoshone-Bannock tribal member, has been a part of the craft-fair scene for twenty years. She is passionate about bringing to light the energy and commitment that goes into crafting. Leah explained that she made a shift from naming her events “fairs” to naming them “expos” because a whole series of goods and supplies are presented and sold at the events. These expos are an important way for tribe members to support themselves and their family while engaging with their culture. Finally, Leah described the sustainable plus-sides to shopping locally and engaging in these expos.

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Jessa is in her final year of her undergraduate career, pursuing three majors: English with Creative Writing, History, and Global Studies with an emphasis in French Language and Literature. She is a published author through ISU's Black Rock & Sage literary magazine and hopes to join the Sustainability Club at ISU. Her sustainability journey began with her year abroad when she interned for Letters to the Earth, an organization dedicated to environmental sustainability. She hopes to work for Amnesty International until she can write books in the mountains full time.