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Tanya Zilinski

Tanya Zilinski, beadwork, beader, dreamcatcher, crafts, Indigenous Artist, First Nations, Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada, Pass The Feather

Tanya Zilinski

Tanya Zilinski

Manitoba Métis Federation

I'd like to introduce myself. My love of beadwork and making dreamcatchers started when I was 15 years old when I was attending an alternate school for troubled teens. The school had a First Nations woman come to work with us and teach us various Indigenous crafts.

Tanya Zilinski, beadwork, beader, dreamcatcher, crafts, Indigenous Artist, First Nations, Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada, Pass The Feather

I discovered I was very creative in graphing my designs and I found the loom beaded very enjoyable and it gave me a sense of accomplishment when I was finished a peice. I have been loom beading ever since. Everyone has a story that shapes who they are. This is part of my story. I believe everything happens for a reason. I was in and out of foster care as a young child and was made a permanent ward when I was 13. I was placed with a wonderful woman who believed in healing through culture. She helped me to discover and learn my Indigenous culture, which I attribute to my being saved. She gave me my first spirit name, Little Crow, which is a name I will carry with me my whole life. I walk the Red Road and have my whole life. I am also very grateful to The Creator, The Universe, Grandmother's and Grandfather's, my Ancestors for the gift of creativity. I am Dakota, Cree, Anishinaabe, Huron Wendat on my mother's side, Polish on my Dad's side and I am a member of Manitoba Mètis Federation. My identity is Indigenous as I have lived a traditional Indigenous lifestyle most of my life. I reside on the traditional unceded territory of Chawathil First Nation with my husband and 6 children. My husband is Stó:Lõ and Nlaka’pamux. All of my beadwork is designed by me. I can make custom order lanyards, hat bands, bracelets, neck chokers, headbands, hair barrettes etc.


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