Publication Date

Fall 12-6-2021


School of Visual and Performing Arts


Studio and Digital Arts


creative thesis, Native American, Native Alaskan, missions, art, beadwork, contextualization, cultural art, Native art, beads


Art Education | Biblical Studies | Graphic Design | Indigenous Education | Metal and Jewelry Arts | Missions and World Christianity | Native American Studies | Other Languages, Societies, and Cultures


Contextualization is an important aspect of Christian ministries and cross-cultural missions to create sustaining churches around the world. There are many forms of communication that use contextualization for religious purposes, such as theatre, story, art, and dance. These important forms of communication can be used with cultural practices to contextualize the Gospel to different people groups. For Native Americans and Alaskans, artistic works that promote cultural heritage are highly regarded. A beadwork piece that explains the Gospel could be a creative way to contextualize to Native American and Alaskans.