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Satsi Naziel

Two-Spirited North West Coast Artist

Satsi Naziel  (she/they/he) is a gender fluid, two-spirited Wet’suwet’en and Chilean Artist. 

 

They are of their mother clan the Gilseyh’yu (Big Frog), and Unist’ot’en (Dark House) of the Wet’suwet’en Nation. Their father clan is the Likhts’amisyu (Killer Whale/fireweed clan).

 

They grew up connecting to their Wet’suwet’en ancestors on their Yintah (the traditional land of the Wet’suwet’en). They grew up hearing the stories, the history, and songs of the Wet’suwet’en People. 

 

They care deeply for their Yintah, the ancestors who are buried there, and all life forms that live within it. The environment can be restored, respected, and protected, for all future generations to come. 

 

They find passion, inspiration, and dreams in their traditional artform. They love to spread the healing, the reconnection and pride that comes with seeing and creating Northwest Coast indigenous pieces. They believe this artform like any other cultural aspect of the Wet’suwet’en, brings back the spirit of their nations’ people piece by piece.

 

Satsi has been an artist for most of their life, yet they have been practicing Northwest Coast Art since 2020. They learned the art form from the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art, where they have earned their certificate. 

 

Satsi has created pieces for the BC Center on Substance Use, the BC Ministry of Health, Amnesty International and for their clan and community, among many other organizations. 

 

They have taken part in group exhibitions such as Skeena Salmon Art Festival, Unfold, Ancestral, Northern Perspectives and more.

 

As we work through the trauma of colonization, we become our ancestors’ dreams through the decolonization and the reclamation of everything that makes us strong and beautiful.

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