Brave Woman Botanicals & Designs

About Me

  

Brave Woman Designs by Jamie Medicine Crane, the creative force behind Brave Woman Eco-Designs, a clothing line inspired by the beauty of Blackfoot and Indigenous history, experiences both traditional and contemporary while respecting Mother Earth and recycling 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 Nations in 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 Master’s in Education. A former model, Jamie was the first Native 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 a child. She started with making doll and Barbie cloths and continued to sew by designing Native dance outfits then more recently branched into more contemporary designs. What inspired her to start designing was being able to wear designs that were authentic and can been worn to the office, out to a party or even to walk the red carpet. All her designs are influenced by her Blackfoot background, her environment and experiences. The name of the design label Brave Woman Designs™ originated by her traditional Blackfoot name.

Jamie was the first Native women to run in Miss Universe Canada 2003, and awarded Miss Congeniality; she also received the title Miss Blackfoot Canada and was a semifinalist in Miss Indian World competition. Jamie’s been recognized with numerous awards including the YWCA Canada’s Ann Mowatt  Outstanding Young Woman Award,  YWCA Lethbridge, Young Woman of Distinction, Alberta Colleges- Provincial Award for Creating Excellence, an Esquao Award-Woman of Distinction from the Institute for Advancing Aboriginal Women, Aboriginal Council of Lethbridge and Blackfoot Art Award by the Blackfoot Cultural Society Jamie was selected to represent Canada in the YWCA’s World council held in Nairobi, Kenya, Africa 2007, and recently has been elected to the YWCA World Board, as the first Indigenous woman. She is a former vice president on the YWCA Canada Board and has been teaching for ten years. She currently working with Alberta Education as a curriculum lead for First Nation, Métis and Inuit Curriculum.