Angela Howe-Parrish of Choke Cherry Creek is a phenomenal beadwork artist, sewist, fashion designer and business owner. She is an enrolled member of the Apsáalooke (Crow) Nation and a descendent of the Pikuni (Blackfeet) Nation of Montana. Her Apsáalooke name is Ikūalasaash which means “Persistence” given by her grandmother for her ability to work hard, reach her educational goals and pursue success. She is a member of the Whistling Water Clan and a child of the Big Lodge Clan. She infuses designs, colors and florals that her Indigenous relatives used. Her role as a wife and mother are of the utmost importance to her. She also strives to be a positive role model for all generations by empowering and uplifting her community. By creating contemporary Indigenous fashion, her goal is to utilize the platform of fashion design to occupy spaces where there is a need for representation of Indigenous people. Choke Cherry Creek’s mission is to inspire the world to see that Indigenous people are beautiful, resilient, rich in culture and are still carrying on their traditions today. Each piece is designed thoughtfully and can be worn by everyone. Angela has been invited to showcase her array of clothing in various places including RES 2022 Las Vegas, New York Fashion Week, the Runway Cultural Series in Denver and Paris Indigenous Fashion Week.
Photo by: Sunday Creek Photography