The Art of Being Suuwayaqawilth: Honoring Ancestors Through Creativity, Governance, Business, and Leadership in Contemporary Indigenous Life
About This Event
Suuwayaqawilth is a woman from the Hupacasath First Nation, one of the Nuu-chah-nulth nations, and she is living, working, and creating in Tsuu’ma as, also known as Alberni Valley, British Columbia, Canada. She brings her Nuu-chah-nulth teachings and values into all of her work, which is about connecting with people and building relationships. Her design practice draws inspiration from her maternal grandmother, who was a renowned seamstress, and woven basketry designs created by her maternal great-grandmother, to produce contemporary beadwork. As an entrepreneur with her own beadwork business, she blends her passion for tourism and community development with creative design practice motivated by her ancestors and displayed through modern styles and techniques. In this lecture, Suuwayaqawilth will speak about her journey as an Indigenous woman who is a contemporary jewelry designer, economic developer, and community leader.