Massachusetts
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Andre Strongbearheart Gaines

Andre Strongbearheart Gaines, Jr., is a citizen of the Nipmuc people. He serves as a cultural steward for his Tribe, is a father, public speaker, traditional dance, Indigenous Activist for Indigenous rights, carpenter by trade and educator. With over a decade in recovery from drugs and alcohol, Are is a recovery sponsor and integrated life coach for those in need. Andre's work focuses on bringing tradition knowledge back to Indigenous Peoples. Some of this consists of how to flesh and brain tan hides to make items such drums, buckskin, and blankets. This work is focused on cultural revitalization and preservation. Andre's work is grounded in restoring balance between everyday lie and traditional values while navigating the colonial systems we live in. He considers family, culture, and traditions to be the three most important aspects within life.

Contact Information

First Name: 
Andre Strongbearheart
Job Title/Position: 
Cultural Preservation Artist
Physical Address: 
Grafton, MA 01519
Last Name: 
Gaines

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Visual/Crafts - Leather
Additional Disciplines: 
Visual/Crafts - General
Visual/Crafts - Carving
Visual/Crafts - Furniture
Visual/Crafts - Installation
Visual/Crafts - Jewelry
Visual/Crafts - Leather
Visual/Crafts - Mixed Media
Visual/Crafts - Sculpture
Visual/Crafts - Wood / Bark
Populations Served: 
Adults
Businesses
Elders
Families
General Public
Immigrant Populations
Incarcerated (or Formerly Incarcerated) Individuals
LGBTQ Populations
Native American Tribes
Nonprofits
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Teens
Veteran/Active Duty Military Personnel
Languages Available: 
Native American / Indigenous
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Artist Market
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Community Arts
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Exhibitions
Manufacturing / Fabrication
Performance / Concert / Reading
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - In School
Residency - Other
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
50
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
County
Multi-County Region
State
Multi-State Region
National
International

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Corporate Business
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Dance
Design
Media
Visual/Crafts
Ages Served: 
Pre-Kindergarten-age
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Seniors