Elizabeth Bosely, whose Tlingit name is Kaxyek, is from the Dakhlawedi Clan of the Teslin Tlingit Council which is located in Teslin, Yukon Territory. Elizabeth’s mother was a traditional Tlingit artisan who inspired a love for art with her children and grandchildren. Like her mother, Elizabeth is cultivating her talent in beadwork and in making footwear, clothing, and crafts derived from home-tanned moose hide.
As a child, Elizabeth has fond memories of helping her mother scrape, smoke, and wring the hides from the moose her father shot to sustain the family. From the age of 10, her mother was taught the Tlingit techniques of traditional hide tanning from her grandfather Mrs. Ollie Fox. Throughout her childhood, adolescence, and adulthood, Elizabeth remembers watching her mother create beautiful beadwork that adorned slippers, jackets, vests, mittens, gloves, mukluks, and hats all of which were made from her mothers home tanned hide. A lifetime of exposure to her mothers traditional art is her true inspiration.
As an artisan, Elizabeth wants to follow in her mothers footsteps by always honing and broadening her skills by exploring the different styles of native footwear and beadwork techniques such as lazy stitch, brick stitch, peyote stitch, and loom beadwork.
She is a 2012 graduate of the Native Cultural Arts Instructor Certificate Program at Portage College, Lac La Biche, Alberta. Professionally, Liz was a full-time Instructor, teaching Adult Basic Education for 18 years at Yukon College in Whitehorse, Yukon. Since graduating as a Native Cultural Arts Instructor, Liz has taught two introduction to Native Cultural Arts Programs at Yukon College. Although she is now retired, she is currently developing the Yukon First Nations Arts Certificate Program for Yukon College.
Born and raised in the Yukon, the outdoors is second nature to her. To get her “nature fix” Liz loves hiking mountains, paddling rivers, and going for long walks in the forest with her dog - Baby. Moving water sports is her passion, and she holds the record for the fastest time in the women’s tandem canoe category in the world’s longest annual canoe and kayak race - the Yukon Rover Quest.