Discipline: Interdisciplinary, Storytelling, Visual Arts
Homebase: North Vancouver
I am a Haida visual artist and have been trained in the traditional Indigineous way, by my family and community. I have been working in schools for over 20 years in BC, Alberta and Ontario. I work with textile, leather, rawhide and bone and am always exploring new mediums. I also bring my knowledge about First Nations culture, protocol and etiquette to the classroom. My regalia and other artifacts are brought into the classroom to enhance the learning experience of the students and the teacher. Musical instruments and dance can be added to the classroom experience. Often classroom visits culminate with a feast and celebration of the art created, again in the tradition of many North West Coast nations. I co-wrote three books, The North West Coast Colouring Book, Lelou's Journey and Kloshe'nem Resource Book.
I highly recommend Anastasia for any opportunity that would recognize what a great representative she is for First Nations People. She has great knowledge and experience in working with First Nations people, children and communities. I worked with Anastasia and it was always a great experience learning from her expertise in facilitating, managing, sharing knowledge of protocols, demonstrating her artistic skills and teaching her culture. I believe Anastasia is a great advocate for her culture, people and future generations. She's a leader and a great Aboriginal Coordinator with so many talents. Chrystal Sparrow, Artist
Anastasia is very creative! She has a talent for creating simple activities to teach about the complexity of Aboriignal peoples' cultures and history. Lyn Daniels, District Vice Principal Aboriginal Education, Burnaby Board of Education
I had the opportunity to work with Anastasia over the last few years on a variety of programs. She is always a high contributing member of the team, and brings valuable ideas to the table. When she is given a project she sees it successfully through to completion. She brings skills to the table that help build the organization as well as a genuine care for children, her community, and her peers and colleagues. I am impressed most by her commitment to leave a legacy in her community. George Bernard Shaw noted, 'We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.' If you have the opportunity to work with Anastasia you'll see her passion and commitment are boundless. If I had the opportunity to work with her again I would do it in a heartbeat! Gerhard Maynard, Executive Director, The KidSafe Project Society
In this workshop I share with the class the Winter count and how pictographs can relate history and/or personal stories. Non-verbal communication is one of the ways the First Nations communicated. Students will see copies of Winter counts and create impromptu stories using pictographs. They will then learn to create their own story/history using pictographs they design themselves. I have used this to teach family history, immigration, personal gifts, goals and who they can see as a mentor. To end, students will relate their story to others. The project can be done on paper, leather or fabric.
Students will learn about the importance of animals to the First Nations. They will create a crest that is based on their skills, attributes and positive personality traits. They will be let though directed drawing and will choose an animal that they connect with, they will then incorporate Northwest Coast formline to create the image and transfer it to deerskin. The will then create an artist statement based on their artwork and will share it at the end of the residency with family and/or community members. There is the option of hosting feast that celebrates their art.
Button blankets are part of the regalia of many Northwest Coast First Nations people. The designs/crests on the button blanket identify family history and lineage. They are worn to a variety of ceremonies including potlatches, pole raisings, namings, memorials, feasts, weddings, graduations, public performances and dances. In this workshop students will learn about the button blanket and Haida culture. They will examine firsthand actual Haida and Northwest Coast art. They will create a mini button blanket and crest based on their personal attributes, as they learn about animal symbolism and connect with their own strengths.