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Dorothy Shephard was born October 5th, 1946 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. She was born into the Nuu-cha-nulth Nation who inhabit the southern region of Vancouver Island and was previously known as Dorothy Jeffery until 2004. Dorothy takes the Killerwhale, known as a powerful and skilled underwater hunter, as her family crest symbol.
Dorothy is one of the few women from her generation to keep the art of basket weaving alive. The tradition was passed down to her from her mother, Effie Tate. Dorothy weaves three corner grass, white grass, sword grass and places cedar bark at their edges, all which are carefully hand picked from the coastline of Vancouver Island.
She began making miniature baskets at the young age of ten and has been weaving for over forty years. Each basket portrays the traditional designs of the Nuu-cha-nulth nation such as birds, whales and canoe hunting. Dorothy carefully weaves her fine baskets to reveal intricacy and the utmost quality of workmanship. Dorothy Shephard is a well established and highly respected Nuu-cha-nulth basket weaver and her work is found in various collections.
Merle is a Haida Weaver and Regalia artist from Haida Gwaai, BC, Canada. San’laa gudgaang is her Haida name and Yaguu’janaas is the name of her affiliated clan. She uses Cedar Bark, Spruce Root, and Sewn Regalia as her mediums. Merle’s grandmother, Isabella Edenshaw, and mother, Florence Davidson, were both weavers, while her grandfather, Charles Edenshaw, was a master carver, and her father, Robert Davidson Sr., was a carver in his own right. Merle received her traditional training under her mother and two of her sisters, as well as under Haida weavers April and Holly Churchill.
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