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My mother, a traditional Wet’suwet’en Matriarch dedicated herself to teaching my siblings and I the traditional and cultural way of our ancestors – I recall fondly her ability to share our heritage through her art.
She was masterfully artistic in tanning moose hides and creating beautiful traditional beaded moose-hide crafts. Over the years, she gifted me many pieces including purses, slippers and jackets – all designed with love and with a deep connection to our traditional way of life.
It’s hard to pinpoint a singular significant piece; however, if I were to choose a piece that is most sentimental, it would be this shawl that was gifted to me for a special occasion. I still remember receiving it for the first time and feeling the hide she had tanned herself – it was as soft as velvet.