Jamie Medicine Crane
Piikani-Kainai, Treaty 7
Brave Woman Designs
The creative force behind Brave Woman Designs, a clothing line inspired by the beauty of Blackfoot and Indigenous history. Brave Woman Designs embodies the experiences of both traditional and contemporary while respecting Mother Earth by using recycled materials. Ahksistowaki (Blackfoot meaning Brave Woman) also known as Jamie Medicine Crane, is the owner of Brave Woman Designs and founder of Brave Woman Botanicals- specializing in natural healing products for your mind, body, and spirit.
Her name was given to her by her great auntie the late Dr. Helen Many Fingers. Jamie is Blackfoot from Kainai & Piikani First Nations, in southern Alberta. Jamie Medicine Crane is an educator, dancer, model, actress, fashion designer and musician. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree, Bachelor of Education Degree and a Master’s in Education. A former model, Jamie was the first Indigenous woman to compete in Miss Universe, Canada in 2003, where she was awarded the title of Miss Congeniality. She also received the title Miss Blackfoot Canada. Jamie is the founder of Niitsitapi Dreams (a Blackfoot term meaning “The real people”) a holistic modeling school designed to build girls’ self-esteem and leadership skills.
Jamie has always been artistic and been designing clothes since she was child. She started with creating doll and Barbie clothes and continued to sew by designing Indigenous regalia. Most recently, she has branched into more contemporary clothing designs. What inspired her to start designing was being able to wear designs that were authentic and can be worn on any occasion. All of her designs are influenced by her Blackfoot culture, her environment, and experiences.