Nugwa’am Sarah. Gayuƛan lax Dzawada'enuxw.
Sarah ʔukʷaqiłs. diitiidʔaaʔaqsips.
ʔukłaas Sarah. ʕaaḥuusʔaqsups.
My name is Sarah and I’m a First Nations Storyteller & Steward based on Vancouver Island. I take pride in being both Kwakwaka'wakw and Nuučaan̓uł. The regalia I’m wearing in this photo belonged to my auda, who gave it to me before her passing; these are few cultural belongings I have from her, and I cherish them greatly.
Growing up I was fortunate to live at, near, and travelled to my ancestral homes over time — with so much left to explore. Along with this I was raised by my father and grandparents, who taught our languages, history, artwork, and values at a very young age. I’m not only grateful for this but for them embracing both sides of my heritage, as it was this notion that helped shaped who I am today.
My personal goal is sharing stories, in a modern way, to reconnect those back to the land and waters, as there is a lot of history with them which we overlook. ʔiisaak and maya’xala are words myself and other quuʔaas/bak’wam live by. Although those words are in different languages, they mean the same thing and that is respect — for the land, the people, and yourself. Everything that I do as a creative and individual is with that in mind, as I have so much respect for Mother Nature, my loved ones, and the ancestors. It is because of them that I am here today and able to respectfully share who we are with pride. #thegreaterconnection