Jean Marshall is Ahnishnaabe. She was raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario. She is a band member of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation, Treaty 9. As a child, she was surrounded by the beadwork of her aunties. Unknowingly absorbing colour, design and patterns. The value of craftsmanship and the importance of using her hands was instilled at a young age. This lasting admiration grew into her present day practice, becoming a beadworker.