Art and making new things has always been really inspiring for me, and it forces me to think creatively. I’m always trying to create new projects, or make things in a style that haven’t quite been done before with traditional materials. A lot of the northern arts for me is keeping the traditions strong, although I always get excited about the outcome of a piece too.
Fort Providence is where I was born and grew up, and the techniques were passed down to me from my mother when I was about 14. I used to watch her work with beads all the time, and eventually started trying to follow along. I’ve been learning and working with traditional arts ever since.
I really like trying new things. I’ve been making gun-cases out of moose hide, but instead of using one large piece I’ve been using many small pieces and creating a patch-work style. They can take up to a year to make, but the finished product is worth the time. I’ve also been working on various styles of bags and backpacks with moose hide. In the end I feel that our style of art is really important to me and our younger generations; it keeps our tradition strong, but it’s also to fight against keeping our culture from fading.