About the Artist

A photo of Caitlin Newago. She is standing on a bridge wearing a green oversized flannel and blue rimmed glasses.
Caitlin Newago, Bad River Ojibwe
Mixed Media Artist

Caitlin Newago is a chronically ill self employed single mother, artist, and tribal member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians.

Founded in 2016, Caitlin Newago started her first business at 21 years old- Bizaanide'ewin Beadwork & Supplies. She left a toxic relationship, used this income to rebuild her life, and now works from home to support herself and her 5 year old son.
An artist from birth, she has dabbled in many mediums throughout her life. Learning the craft at only 8 years old, she is also a beader, and incorporates that knowledge into her work. Currently, she is focusing on mixed media art with wiigwaas (birchbark) and acrylics. Taught by her father in 2018 how to harvest birchbark, she uses wiigwaas as a way to reconnect with her Anishinaabe culture and learn more of her traditions. She hopes to spread this knowledge and is actively searching for opportunities to do so.  
Being a survivor of abuse and trauma, creating these pieces and reconnecting with her passion for art has been a vital part of her healing journey. She hopes she can promote this healing and connect with and uplift other survivors in the process. 

Bizaanide'ewin is an Ojibwe word, meaning peace of heart. This word very clearly illustrates the purpose and mission of Caitlin's work. The intergenerational trauma within Native communities is ravaging the traditional ways of life. In her own journey, she is addressing these traumas and working to break the cycle- leading to peace of heart not only within herself, but those around her and impacted by her work.

Caitlin is growing primarily via online presences on numerous social media platforms, but also is becoming more involved in community events. To see schedules of events, please visit Bizaanide'ewin's Facebook page or Instagram.