Forbes Features Seasonal Artist Mikailah Thompson

Article originally published by Wendy Altschuler at Forbes on April 18, 2024 at


Long a stalwart supporter of indigenous artists and cultures, Manitobah has collaborated with Mikailah Thompson, an afro-indigenous beadwork artist and entrepreneur, for the one-of-a-kind Wallowa Moccasin. Named after her tribe's original homeland, Wallowa, or Wa'lâwa, inspiration for the modern geometric designs derives from traditional Nimîipuu beadwork and cornhusk pieces. "When I sit down and come up with a pattern, I start with what stands out to me most and add to it as I go along," Thompson says.


Fashioning a strategy that lifts up and empowers indigenous communities, creating a positive impact, is no small feat. Thompson plays homage to her ancestors and her roots...


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