Fort Nelson First Nation
Crystal Behn is of Dene and Carrier ancestry. She was born and raised in Treaty 8 traditional territory and resides in northern British Columbia, Canada. Crystal grew up watching her mother create and sell native arts as a way to sustain the family. “I can still remember how the cupboard smells where my mom kept her fur and hides.”
Sadly, her mother passed away from cancer while Crystal was in her addiction. Overcoming many obstacles and starting a family of her own, Crystal felt it of upmost importance that she learned from her Grandmother, Mary Behn, the art of beading, moccasin making and traditional harvesting of meat and fur. Beading has been Crystal’s passion for just over a decade which has earned her many first place wins, awards and a scholarship. In 2017, Crystal became a storyboot artist for the company Manitoba Mukluks. The same day her products launched and they were selling out. From hand sketching her logo which represents her Mother, Auntie and Grandmother to skinning beaver that she uses for her footwear, Crystal aims to bring authentic beautiful art to everything she hand makes. Crystal specializes in traditional and modern beadwork that is both customizable and unique. Crystals small home-based business In Her Footsteps Authentic Dene Designs is Indigenous owned and was built one bead at a time. Crystal takes immense pride in her arts, she is proud to say 100% traditional hand smoked moosehide is all that will be used in her products.