Lucy Anna Yakela

Lucy Anna Yakela

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Yellowknife, NWT

Traditional Arts

Lucy Yakeleya was born in Fort Good Hope. She grew up there and Colville Lake along with several years in Residential School in Inuvik. She now lives and works in Yellowknife. The distinct shapes, colours, patterns and small beads used in Lucy’s artwork are a reflection of the influence she picked up from her family and from the Sahtu region. Most of Lucy’s siblings are also involved in the arts in the Sahtu to this day. In the past, Lucy sold her artwork in order to make extra income, which then gradually turned into a fulfilling hobby. She stills sells her art, but she loves to create pieces for herself and her family the most. Through the years, Lucy has shared her skills with students in schools and has passed on the tradition of hide tanning at the Dene Nahjo camp.