Indigenous Feminist Condom Cases & Beaded Condoms

At NYSHN we love culturally safe ways of interacting with harm reductions materials (such as condoms, dental dams, etc) that move beyond only distributing and giving out supplies. In addition to the front line outreach with these supplies that we do in communities, one of the additional ways that we work with harm reduction materials is with our Indigenous Feminist Condom Cases and Beaded Condom Medallions. As Indigenous peoples, our bodies are not empty spaces, despite the countless mainstream representations that demonize and misappropriate them. We use media and the arts as opportunities to not only push back on those misrepresentations, but to also reclaim and restore knowledge about our bodies, sexualities, gender identities and to better incorporate this knowledge within our communities. Young people in our network tell us all the time about the necessity of having these types of arts-based dialogues and discussions where we can create something together.

Indigenous Feminist Condom Cases

Making Indigenous Feminist Condom Cases are a great way for people to create their own condom cases that also connect to the self-determination of how we want to talk about our bodies and cultures. In this activity we talk about the ways that public health responses about condom use are generally not culturally safe, do not represent our bodies or the many different realities in our lives. The messaging is also often disease-control only or deficit based. We respond by creating our own condom cases as a way to talk about sex and sexuality on our own terms and what harm reduction actually means to us.

You can see some great examples of Indigenous Feminist Condom Cases created by young people in our network below.

Beaded Condoms, Dental Dams and Medallions

Beaded condoms and medallions are a new activity to engage Indigenous youth to talk about and interact with safer sex materials in culturally safe ways. Connecting to our cultures through the traditional practices of beading, art and sewing are key to this activity. Indigenous youth will be lead through the process of creating full beaded condom medallions. These medallions are great to wear in community, at pow wows and represent our gender fabulous selves! Beaded condoms and medallions are a media arts justice and reproductive justice spin on the traditional beaded medallions.

So why do this you ask?

    1. It prompts discussion and dialogue
    2. Culture surrounds us and also helps to keep us be safe
    3. It helps to de-shame and de-stigmatize the usage of condoms
    4. It helps deepen the meanings and conversations we have when we do sex education and outreach
See images below of Beaded Condom Medallions in action!

Beaded Condom Medallion art developed by Erin Marie Konsmo, NYSHN Media Arts Justice & Projects Coordinator.

If you are interested in organizing these activities with us please contact us.