I am a member of the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk Abenaki Nation. I was born and raised in Megog, Quebec and moved to Vermont as a young woman. My father shared the customs of my people with me as I was growing up. This was very unusual during those years, since genocide was prevalent. Because of his influence, I embraced who I was and was always looking for ways to express myself.
As I grew older, I became interested in dream catchers – not just as a decorative item, but as something spiritual. I sought a teacher who could show me the traditional way of making them. She taught me the basics, and from there I made the dream catchers my own.
In the traditional way, I offer tobacco to the tree before I cut the branches. All knots are tied four times for the Four Directions. Only natural elements are used – no plastics or artificial items. I always smudge the dream catcher when it is finished.
I have learned through the years that the dream catchers I make do work. Many people have come to me and given me big hugs, with tears in their eyes, exclaiming that they no longer have nightmares. I am grateful for the gift of this art given to me by Creator.
Vermont Abenaki Artists Association, Juried Artist since 2015
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