Prime Minister Justin Trudeau brings Native artworks to Obamas

Tammy Beauvais created this beaded cape that was gifted to First Lady Michelle Obama. Photo from Tammy Beauvais Designs / Facebook

The works of two Native artists from Canada are now in the hands of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

Tammy Beauvais, a Mohawk fashion designer from the Kahnawake First Nation in Quebec, created a beaded cape for the first lady. It was presented by Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, the wife of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

"The thought that we were going to get indigenous people to do this work, to make the gifts, to give them as gifts to the president of the U.S and the first lady," Beauvais told CBC News. "It's so big."

Leo Arcand, a Cree sculptor from the Alexander First Nation in Alberta, created the other gift. But he didn't find out till last week that Trudeau gave the soapstone piece -- titled "Courage" -- to President Obama.

"My message in that piece was for love, courage, hope, honesty, working together," Arcand told CBC. "To bring a relationship with mother earth and humankind closer together."

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