My journey of becoming a weaver began in the summer of 2007 while I was working on a seine boat near Alert Bay, BC. I decided to explore the gifts it has shared with our people for generations. Understanding the historical meanings of the gifts of the Creator to our people has shaped me as an artists and grounded my artistic exploration of cedar, as well as new materials and mediums. I have grown to understand the techniques and spiritual meanings of the art form as well with assistance from my teachers and  mentors: Beau, Kerri, and Sherri Dick, and William White.

Working with natural materials has been a transformative process for me both personally and with the materials of my art. In my work I explore notions of time, space, genetic identity, and the true meanings and origins of Northwest Coast art. I also explore the notion of weaving as a gift from the plant and animal spirits, rather than an object or form conceived of by the human mind. My art is a reflection of the traditional art forms of the Northwest Coast, and it embodies the traditional meanings of these sacred materials. In my work I hope to bring a new light to the value of these materials that reaches beyond the aesthetic for the modern world to see.

Woven of yellow cedar bark, this basket will be approximately 2”x2”
Thigh-spun mountain goats wool weft.
I weave in the traditional z-twist of my ancestors. The fingering technique I use was taught to me by William White, renowned Tsimpshian weaver.
The beginning of a Yeil Koowu-Naxxin Combination piece.
Working under the eyes of the old totem poles, Museum of Anthropology, UBC.

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