Cathy Kotchea, Fort Laird, NT: Fibre
I was born and proudly live in the small Dene community of Fort Liard, Northwest Territories. It is a pristine, bountiful and beautiful wilderness, surrounded by lakes, rivers, and forests that flourish with wildlife. It is this majestic place that’s beauty is reflected through exquisite Dene arts and crafts from its people. At a young age, I was exposed to bead and quilled work by my parents and grandmother who still practice this art. I sew a variety of crafts and am inspired by the final outcome of my culturally motivated creations. Like with many First Nation families, my traditional knowledge of basket making and beadwork was passed down from generation to generation.