Janelle Hager

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Whitehorse, Yukon

Traditional Craft

Janelle Hager is a traditional Northern Tutchone visual artist. She belongs to the Crow clan of the Selkirk First Nation people of Pelly Crossing, YT. A few years ago, she made the decision to re-learn how to bead. Her grandmother taught her when she was young but, due to life circumstances, put down the needle and thread for many years. She specializes in beaded jewellery, but is expanding her scope to include beaded apparel and accessories. Janelle has participated in numerous craft fairs and the Adaka Festival in 2016 where she taught youth how to make a pair of their own earrings. Janelle uses a variety of techniques and tools in her crafts.
Janelle is currently working on her first pair of moose hide gloves that she started with her grandmother. Her grandmother, mother, and sisters, along with other artists have inspired her to branch out to other traditional crafts. Her hope is to one day be an established beader like those closest to her. She openly offers and mentors forthcoming artists in developing their skills. Her goal is to revitalize her culture through practicing and sharing her visual art.