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Martine Kotchea

Fort Liard
(867) 770-4673
P.O. Box 122
Fort Liard, NT X0G 0A0

Artist Story

I was born in the bush in the Yukon area. My mother was sick so she didn’t teach me sewing and basket making. My grandmother, my dad’s mother, had to show me. I also learned how to tan moose hide when I was about 12 or 13 years old. Now, I mostly make uppers and moccasins and do basket weaving and quill work.

I do this because I enjoy what I make. I think it is pretty and I like to make my artwork unique. Sometimes I try to see if I can make the same things using different kinds of material. What I see inspires me. I see a lot of flowers, birds and animals. I always doodle or make small drawings. My designs for moccasins, uppers and birch bark baskets are my own and they are unique.

Often I can’t stop working on something until it is finished. My favourite part is to finally see the finished product. Some things I give away or sell, but the things that are important to me, like a baby moss bag I made, tell my personal story through artwork. I keep those.

Last Updated: September 5, 2018

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