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The meaning behind the name of my art business, MaiTribe.

IMG_4966Often, I am asked what is the meaning behind the name of my art business, MaiTribe. There are two parts to this name: the first part Mai, is an abbreviated form of my name, Maija. I am of Latvian descent and my name means May. It is pronounced Maya.

The second part, Tribe stems from my ethnic inheritance.

Latvians came from tribes, starting in 900 AD.

The Latvian language is an Indo-European language. Of the various families, there are only two surviving Baltic languages- Latvian and Lithuanian.

The symbol most important to me is Zalktis (Serpent).

In Latvian mythology, the harmless snake Zalktis was the guardian of wealth and well-being and therefore had to be protected and cared for. It is also the sacred symbol of wisdom.

Coincidentally, I discovered many years after starting my business that there is a tribe of people in northern Thailand, called mai-tribe, or the long necked people. We are not related.

Hi. I'm Maija.

Producer of one of a kind fabrics, I am a Visual/Textile Artist at MaiTribe Studio Gallery, in central Ontario, Canada.

My life and art have been inspired by my travels  to countries such as Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Bali and India.

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