The spirit of her great-great-great great grandmother Mahota Flows through the centenary Native American designs woven by Margaret Roach Wheeler of Chickasaw-Choctaw descendant. Wheeler has merged her fine arts education with her Native American heritage to weave contemporary garments based on American Indian costumes. She has also created “the Mahotas” an imaginary tribe of totemic structures and spirit figures, where each member is adorned in handwoven robes.
Wheeler’s weavings have been shown in museums in Oklahoma, New Mexico, New York, Colorado, Indiana and Arizona and in Handweavers Guilds of America “Convergence”: fashion shows. Wheeler was one of four Native American fashion designers chosen to speak at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in New York. She was also one of the recipients of the Artist-In-Residence program National Museum of the American Indian. Her work was exhibited in ‘Changing Hands II’ at the Museum of Art and Design in New York. Wheeler’s hand woven garments are shown at the major Indian Markets in North America.
Wheeler lectures, teaches workshops and seminars on Native American fibers and her unique style of weaving.
Margaret Roach Wheeler