Koasek Traditional Band of the Koas Abenaki Nation
Shirly is serves on the oasek Council of Chiefs, a former member of the Vermont Commission for Native American Affairs, an author, and artist. Having grown with up two strong role models, her mother and grandmother, Shirly started sewing at a very young age.
As an adult, she started making rattles, leather pouches, jewelry and “something out of nothing.” She taught herself how to make traditional rattles, made with rawhide and whatever type of wood or branches are available. She has been marketing her art for more than 40 years.
Her recent book My Bring Up recounts stories from her childhood.
I am a self-taught artist, learning my skills from my mother and grandmother. I have been producing and selling my art for about 40 years. I prefer using natural or recycled materials in my work.
Phone: (802) 728-3619
Vermont Arts Council. Montpelier, VT.
Parley and Protocol: Abenaki Dipolomacy Past and Present. Fort Necessity National Battlefield, Farmington, PA.
Parley and Protocol: Abenaki Dipolomacy Past and Present. Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. Vergennes, VT.
Traditional Sources, Contemporary Visions – Invitational Group Art Exhibit. Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Vergennes, VT
My Bring Up. 2019.
Vermont Abenaki Artists Association, Juried Artist since 2014