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Sondra is a self-taught Haida artist who is passionate about using her talents to help keep her culture alive. There are less than 5,000 Haida in the world today and her language is one of the most endangered. This has lit a passion to preserve her culture in any and every way she can. She weaves this passion into all aspects of her life.
She is a Visual artist who creates a variety of traditional and contemporary NW Coast Native artwork and illustrates the artwork for her books.
A Storyteller that shares stories passed down by her elders & ancestors as well as new stories she has created.
A Published Author and Illustrator who creates new stories which become children’s picture books. Her first published book is called KILLER WHALE EYES.
A Teacher (and mother of 3) who has served in the Seattle Public Schools for over 25 years working mostly with our underrepresented youth.
A Singer and Performer who sings traditional music and composes new songs in her indigenous tongue. Sondra has a very soulful, melodic voice that has touched many hearts. She is also drum and dance leader for the dance group, The Haida Heritage Foundation.
To learn and teach her endangered language, Sondra has added the Haida songs she composed to her books which add a new dimension to her storytelling that truly connect the past with the present. She sees that connection as a crucial part of her people's healing and survival.
Sondra feels it is of high importance to work with and uplift the youth. She works hard to teach young people a reverence for all living things while opening their eyes to a future of endless creative possibilities.