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Although I was raised in the urban setting of Seattle, my grandparents are full blood Haida from SE Alaska. They taught us to keep our culture alive through: music, hearing our almost extinct Alaskan dialect spoken fluently, continuing to eat our traditional foods, honoring our unique art form, visiting our tribal lands, and keeping us close to our NW Coast Native family and community here in Seattle.
Today, I help to preserve my culture in many ways. I use my traditional Haida designs to hand paint on contemporary shoes and clothing. My family and I make traditional regalia (button blankets, hats woven from cedar bark, moccasins, dresses, tunics, aprons, jewelry, carvings and drums) to wear in performances for our dance group The Haida Heritage Foundation in which I am current drum and dance leader. I also write and illustrate children’s picture books & art instruction books in which I use as teaching tools in presentations and art classes.