BUTTE — Model Shayne Hall of the Blackfeet Tribe walked across the stage in a red dress with white hand prints, a symbol for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in the state, and put her fist up in the air to applause from the crowd.
“It was a spiritual experience,” Hall said following the fashion show.
Hall was one of more than a dozen models walking in the First Peoples’ Fashion Show at the Montana Folk Festival in Butte on Saturday. Four Native American designers, — who have shown around the world — all said their work was rooted and inspired by their heritage or traditional techniques, with their own twist.
Kyla Garcia-Prigge wears an outfit by Designs by Della during the First People’s Fashion Show at the Montana Folk Festival in Butte on Saturday.
Mike Clark, Daily Montanan
The fashion show was brought to life in part by Rep. Donavon Hawk, D-Butte, who first had the idea years ago and helped orchestrate the first Indigenous Fashion Show in nearly a decade at the festival last year. On Saturday, Hawk shuttled models