Renowned Wabanaki designers have rejected jewelry for a new art form

More than 20 years after Penobscot Nation artists Jason Brown and Donna Decontie Brown first began making and selling jewelry like Decontie & Brown, the couple has so far hung the pliers in favor of a more expansive, interdisciplinary way of making art.

Shortly after the pandemic began, Jason Brown threw his passion behind Firefly, a multimedia performing art project that has changed his artistic life in the last two years. Through music, video, dance and fashion, Brown creates an impressive live experience, drawing on the music and images of Wabanaki’s ancestors, but with a futuristic twist.

“It’s indigenous futurism,” he said. “Many people think of indigenous people as something ancient or from the past. They don’t see us as current and they certainly don’t see us as futuristic. But we are here, and we will be here. One of the reasons I’m doing this is to show it. “

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