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Artist Profile: Pauline Kothman

Pauline Kothman, a Native American artist, enjoys creating both contemporary and traditional Yurok and Paiute designs. The business of jewelry and crafts is a way of life for her family. Pauline’s abalone pieces are greatly influenced by the work her father creates. Pauline’s mother showed her how to bead the spider web necklaces taught by her own grandmother. In turn, Pauline has taught her three daughters about the traditions of the Yurok and Paiute, and how to carry on these traditions. She feels the making of Native American jewelry and beadwork “is spiritual: a representation of Mother Earth, a piece of us, and a continuation of tradition.”


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