Northwest Coast visual art
Marissa Nahanee, from the Squamish and Nisga'a Nations of British Columbia, models a dress by Dorothy Grant of the Haida Nation. Grant's designs made an impression on Nahanee early on in her life. "I remember growing up as a little girl loving all of her clothes," she says. "When I started in my career in business, I knew I made it when I was able to buy my first Dorothy Grant, and this is what I got. So, this dress personally means a lot."
"I always try to include at least one indigenous clothing item in what I wear,” Nahanee says. “And, if it can be authentic and right from the artist, it helps show that we're still here, we're alive. We don't live in museums. We're everyday people; we have houses, we have cars, we take buses, we work at 9-to-5 jobs and we pay taxes. It's almost like living regalia; it's letting people know that, yes, you can be proud of being Native, being First Nations."
"We came from a past where we were not able to gather more than a few people,” Nahanee says, “and now here we are in the hundreds, in the masses, celebrating our art and culture, so it's an amazing, beautiful feeling."
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