Miles R. Miller
Miles R. Miller (Yakama/Nez Perce)

Miles R. Miller is a bead artist with the Yakama/Nez Perce tribe. He was born and raised in the Yakima Valley to Geraldine A. Pinkham-Miller of Wapato and Frank R. Miller of White Swan. As a young boy his mother, late Aunt Rosalie Pinkham-Bassett, and late Grandfather Joseph Pinkham took him to the Satus Longhouse where he joined the Washat Religion. Nurtured with a traditional upbringing he learned to appreciate everything around him—the land, the river, the animals, and the birds. His late Aunt Rose taught him the Yakama legends; the elders of the longhouse taught him traditional lessons.
These early influences continue to inspire Miller as a practicing beadwork artist. Using floral and geometric motifs that the Columbia River Plateau people are well known for, he creates tradition-inspired designs in a contemporary fashion often blending semi-precious gems in his designs. Miller's beadwork has been exhibited at the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Miles has been awarded several national and international museum studies collection management internships (The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology; School of American Research, Indian Arts Research Center; Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian, Research Branch, Allan Houser Archives; Institute of American Indian Arts Museum; and the Smithsonian Institution's  National Museum of American History). He earned an Associate of Arts Degree in Museum Studies from the Institute of American Indian Arts in 1998 and his Bachelor's degree from The Evergreen State College in 2005.
Miles completed the University of Washington's Masters of Museology program where his focus is on collection management and curation. He currently works as an independent curator.


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