Profile Type: Artist
Jannette Vanderhoop

Jannette vanderhoop is from the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe on Martha’s Vineyard. She is a serious, accomplished and prolific artist who makes authentic Indigenous jewelry. Her modus operandi is to “educate people to respect nature through art” and so, she produces her work as a form of environmental expression. By utilizing random parts of the natural world, including found and reconstituted materials, there is no lack of inspiration or originality. She has mastered concepts of color shape and design over the course of 12 years to create a signature for her work. Each organic colorful piece she makes is a wearable art object that nods to her culture and the history of her tribe while also celebrating her connection to the land. 

Miss Vanderhoops work is recognizable and sought after by collectors. She has sold over 200 of her signature one-of-a-kind wampum necklaces to visitors and collectors from all over the world. With the desire to fight stereotypes as they relate to native people, and native american jewelry and indigenous fashion specifically, her work is decidedly contemporary. Made one-at-a-time, by hand, each piece is unique and cannot be duplicated. Through her life’s work, she hopes to put the Aquinnah Wampanoag people on the map as significant contributors to contemporary indigenous arts. 


Using locally sourced wampum shells from the rugged coastline of Martha’s Vineyard, Jannette’s organic, colorful jewelry is appreciated for both its eccentricity and it’s simplicity. Meant to inspire both the wearer and the viewer and connect them to the essence of the sea. Anything but basic, completely authentic, these conversation starters are sure to turn heads and leave a lasting impression. Are you a collector? Because You are sure to be left wanting more!

artist Bio

I truly am an entrepreneur when it comes to my art and business! Mostly, I make and sell contemporary jewelry using wampum beads (traditional material) that I make by hand; each piece is unique and cannot be duplicated. I also make native themed crafts from natural found and reconstituted materials that I sell at an open air market. I have given numerous cultural presentations and have a large collection of original poetry that is just in the beginning process of being edited, realized, and slowly shared. I also have a very unique body of work — eleven treasure boxes that have been created over ten years that I have just begun to show this past year.  I have worked with numerous schools and museums as a native artist, naturalist and a stewardess for the environment. My passion is creating and teaching arts that specifically connect people to land and place.

I own and run 3 businesses! I am an artist, a yoga instructor and a master gardener. I was the first of my family to ever go to college as a Gates Millennium Scholar through AIGC (American Indian Graduate Center). I hold a bachelors degree from Pitzer College in Environmental Studies and Art. My modus operandi is to teach people to appreciate nature through art. I am a professional artist, a published author/illustrator and educator of Wampanoag history, culture and arts. I have dedicated my life to preserving my heritage. I have run children’s programs for my tribe, got our small museum (the Aquinnah Cultural Center ACC) up and going and currently teach yoga to my tribal people under a diabetes prevention program. I visit schools and museums as a presenter and work with children and adults of all ages teaching nature based themes.

I started my jewelry business, Island Naturals, in 2006 and am the sole proprietor. I sell my work at the Martha’s Vineyard Artisans Festival in the summers on the beautiful island of Martha’s Vineyard. I am honored as the first and only member of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) to be included in this juried show. I make everything one-at-a-time, by hand. I have mastered concepts of color, design and shape and have created a signature for my work over the course of 12 years. I have become an accomplished artist selling over 200 of my signature rustic wampum necklaces.

I Have Worked With

  • March 2018

    I teach a curriculum to children as a visiting artist/author. I read my book Cranberry Day, a Wampanoag Harvest Celebration, and then go through the book highlighting numerous aspects of indigenous life both traditionaly and contemporary. I am working with the Aquinnah Cultural Center currently to bring this program into the Martha's Vineyard public schools once again (i teach to both third and fifth greade every few years). I've been teaching this self-created cirriculum for the past 15 years and have visited schools all over New England and have also presented to adults. 

    The book cranberry day was written with the specific intent to deconstruct stereotypes for children.

    the Massachusetts framework for teaching native America is third and fifth grade.

    During local classroom visits, the author will read the book Cranberry Day, a Wampanoag harvest celebration. Children sit in a circle Around items of art and visual prompts. Some items are passed around to simulate children’s interest, content remembrance and curiosity. Items include, regalia (not worn by the presenter but highlighted as special occasion dress) rabbit furs, deer skin, clam shell, wampum jewelry, a horseshoe crab basket, gourd rattle  (to be passed around) bottled clay and two dolls.

    General life ways of Native Americans, with a specific focus on the Wampanoags of Aquinnah are highlighted. Ideas about environments, food ways, housing, arts and clothing are explained. Children are encouraged to recognize the similarities between the story book character - chris who is a contemporary Wampanoag boy and their own life and that of their Wampanoag classmates on Martha’s Vineyard so they connect with our traditions while recognizing our continuity and resilience.

    Time is given for questions and discussions. Children are excited by their own ideas of native people, how they connect to the arts presented, and their own experiences in nature.


  • April 2017

    I have sold my jewelry through the Pathways gift shop and have begun sharring my poetry in the last few years. 

  • March 2006

    story telling and teaching teachers how to teach about Native America. My own program on deconstructing steroetypes for children


  • Artist

Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Artist, educator, gardener, yoga instructor
Physical Address: 
Po box 978
West Tisbury, MA 02575
Last Name: 

I am a Native American Artist

Native Heritage Designation: 
Native American
Tribal Status: 
Federally Recognized
Tribe Name: 
wampanoag tribe of gay head aquinnah


Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Visual/Crafts - Jewelry
Additional Disciplines: 
Design - Graphic
Design - Interior
Design - Landscape Architecture
Humanities - Anthropology
Humanities - Cultural Heritage
Humanities - History
Literary Arts - Poetry
Literary Arts - Spoken Word
Media - Marketing / Advertising
Theater - Storytelling
Visual/Crafts - Ceramics
Visual/Crafts - Dolls / Soft Sculpture
Visual/Crafts - Furniture
Visual/Crafts - Installation
Visual/Crafts - Jewelry
Visual/Crafts - Leather
Visual/Crafts - Mixed Media
Visual/Crafts - Painting
Visual/Crafts - Photography
Visual/Crafts - Sculpture
Visual/Crafts - Textile Weaving
Year Founded: 
Populations Served: 
General Public
Immigrant Populations
Incarcerated (or Formerly Incarcerated) Individuals
LGBTQ Populations
Native American Tribes
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Art Sales
Artist Market
Artist Representation / Artist Management
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Community Arts
Consulting - Curatorial Services
Consulting - Organizational Capacity
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Curriculum Development
Design Services
Marketing Services
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Social Media Services
Wedding / Parties / Private Gatherings
Writing Services
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Martha's Vineyard Artisans Festival (vendor) Owner of Island Naturals Jewelry MV
Owner of NV Gardens (landscape design, instal and maintenance)
RYT200 registered yoga instructor
Aquinnah Cultural Center Board member
BA in Art and Environmental Studies Pitzer College CA
Northfield Mount Herman private boarding high school
Marthas Vineyard Regional high school

I am a Touring Artist

Technical Requirements: 
projector for photos for class room visits
Fee Range Minimum: 
Fee Range Maximum: 
State of Residence: 
Minimum Number of Performers: 
Maximum Number of Performers: 

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Corporate Business
Healthcare Facility
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
Certifications / Training: 
RYTT200 yoga instructor
Fee Range Minimum: 
Fee Range Maximum: