The meaning behind the name of my art business

Often, 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, that arrived in the Baltic area 4000 years ago

Latvians (latvieši), the indigenous people from a Baltic ethnic group can be found in the geographical region, called the Baltics. The Baltics was the last area in Europe to be Christianized, Latvians preferring to hold on to their pagan beliefs. Some pagan symbols include the Sun, the Grass Snake, the Thunder Cross and the Tree of Life. These ancient symbols represent various aspects of Baltic culture and beliefs, such as fertility, the circle of life, and their connection to nature and spirituality.

 Zalktis (Grass Snake) is the symbol most important to me

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.

Latgallians, Selonians, Cours, Semigallians were the ancient tribes of the Latvian people. 

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

Latvian history is long and convoluted. To read more, follow this link:

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.

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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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