"Dawnland Couture" by Decontie & Brown, Bangor, 2019

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


Jason K. Brown (Penobscot) and Donna Decontie Brown (Penobscot/Algonquin) are jewelry and fashion designers who celebrate their creativity and Penobscot heritage through their company, Decontie & Brown. Dawnland Couture “is the embodiment of the rising sun in the wild woods of Wabinakiland,” said Jason Brown. “It pays homage to our territory being the first place in North America to feel the touch of the sun.”

Brown noted in 2019 that Decontie & Brown’s fashion,
"Exposes people to what’s ancient about who we are as Indigenous people through our creativity, and we do it in a way that seems futuristic. It subliminally says, ‘We’re not going anywhere, we’re going to remember who we are.’ It’s ok to evolve, but we’ll still hold on to our culture and heritage."

Vogue Magazine featured Dawnland Couture in its coverage of the Santa Fe Indian Market in 2019. Photographer Tira Howard took this image.

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  • Title: "Dawnland Couture" by Decontie & Brown, Bangor, 2019
  • Creator: Decontie & Brown
  • Creation Date: 2019
  • Subject Date: 2019
  • Location: Bangor, Penobscot County, ME
  • Media: Multi media
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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