about the artist
Hello friends my name is Christy and I grew up in the Okanagan Valley, traditional Syilx nation territory. Although I am not Syilx by blood I was adopted as such at age 10 by my step family (westbank band). My brother married an amazing woman from the Oliver band which means... I have a step mom and dad, grandparents, sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews and a great nephew who I love dearly. I struggled for a time to find my true path but with the support of my entire family, some awesome friends and an incredible partner I have both feet firmly planted on it. My heart is creating and my mind sees no limits to the dreams I can achieve. Currently I am a Care Aide which I adore. Having the opportunity to change peoples lives for the better as a career is a gift (shout out to my teacher Dianne for sharing your experience and heart). I recently was off work due to an injury and to pass the time I reconnected with my inner artist. As a child my Stəmtima (grandmother on your mothers side Syilx nation) had a company called MooseMoccs. She made dreamcatchers and moccasins. She taught all the kids to make dreamcatchers as well as the traditional Ojibwe legend. It was a special time we spent together as a family. Over the years I had periods where I would make some as gifts and it always filled my heart because the intention of the piece is protection for the receiver. Until I was in my current state spiritually I didn't realize how powerful and important this was to me. I am always asking for guidance and am grateful for the opportunities that are offered when I listen. I am a caregiver and an artist so I am over the moon that through this project and my current career I am blessed to do both. A huge thank you to all my teachers and everyone who supports me on this journey from the bottom of my soul. A very special thank you to my partner James who always encourages me to follow my dreams and reminds me that I am capable of achieving them... and also for building this amazing website, you are a true artist in your own right! I hope you all feel my love and protection.
legend of the spider woman
In Ojibwe legend the Spider Woman was the protector of the youngest members of the tribe. In the early days of the Ojibwe people, so the story says, the Spider Woman could easily protect the children and babies of each tribe. But over time, the tribes grew in numbers and expanded to far away lands. The Spider Woman couldn't protect so many people over such a large area so she spun Dreamcatchers...
IT IS SAID IN THE NIGHT AIR THAT THERE ARE GOOD DREAMS AND BAD. THE GOOD DREAMS GO THROUGH THE WEB AND INTO THE SLEEPING ONE. THE BAD DREAMS GET HOPELESSLY CAUGHT AND PERRISH AT THE FIRST LIGHT OF DAWN.
It is my intention to continue this tradition and her work as I believe it is part of my journey to offer protection when I can.