Pauline Saturgina Tardiff

South Slave
Fort Smith
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42 Raven Street
P O Box 1223
Fort Smith, NT X0E 0P0

Artist Story

I was born and raised the Northwest Territories.  My parents were subsistence harvesters and lived on the land.  Hence, my birthplace Stanton, NWT which was an outpost camp, no longer exists.

I watched my mother make all of our outdoor clothing and thus was always interested in learning to do the intricate beading and embroidery work that was so much a part of the clothing that was prevalent in my home community of Aklavik. 

I consider myself an emerging artist as I was too busy with my career as a long time educator, to pursue an interest in the arts until I took early retirement from the GNWT in the summer of 2008. 

I make fish scale pictures.  I also make jewellery using bison horn, sheep horn, caribou antler and moose antler.

Having the opportunity to pursue and practice making traditional art I find very therapeutic.  I love being outdoors and thus find a lot of the ideas for my work from that environment.  

Last Updated: October 26, 2020

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