Floral Journey: Native North American Beadwork is the compelling book based on an art exhibition explaining how First Nations and Métis floral beadwork became both a major means of artistic expression and a symbol of cultural resilience. It is also an important example of how two differing civilizations - Indigenous and European - established a common ground of economic and creative exchange. This companion publication to the exhibition celebrates the beauty and power of Native North American floral art. This generously illustrated book showcases exquisite materials relating to the story of how Indigenous floral imagery, following European contact, became a major art form as well as a symbol of cultural and economic resilience. The story begins with the earliest teachings of silk floral-embroidery techniques and designs to young First Nations women in seventeenth-century Quebec missions and continues through today with dazzling contemporary beadwork from all regions. Art and spirituality converge with trade and commerce in Floral Journey: Native North American Beadwork, a groundbreaking exhibition of more than 250 unique objects and personal stories. The exhibition is the first of its kind to explore how beaded floral designs became a remarkable art form as well as a means of economic and cultural survival for the Indigenous people. Floral Journey presents moccasins, bags, dresses, hats, jackets, and other exquisitely beaded and quilled items selected from multiple private collections and fifteen cultural institutions, including the Autry's Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection. Many of the objects were displayed to the public for the first time.