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Beverly Owens

County: Lewis County



Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) 2022
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I am the oldest of four children. I was born in Anchorage, Alaska. I grew up in a fishing village Cordova, AK. 1984 I graduated from West High School, then 1987 graduating from business school. I have continued my education here and there, not only to improve my skills, but to role model the importance of learning to my three sons. Twenty-nine years ago, I moved to Washington. I now live in Onalaska with my husband and youngest son. My two older sons live with their own families now. I have a 3-year-old beautiful grandson, who is my pride and joy. For the past twenty plus years, I have worked for the Nisqually Indian Tribe. Proud to be an honorable, strong, traditional native woman succeeding in a modern world. I have taught others how to hunt, gather, grow, prepare and store food including how to tan hides, sew, and weave. These skills were passed on to me by my ancestors. I hope to show others that our traditional teachings and skills are not lost. I hope to inspire others to learn and continue sharing the survival skills and strength we have inherited. I teach how to weave, bead, sew, and gather/store food. I also provide services to make custom regalia and the designs I make are one of a kind just for that person. When I make regalia, I ask for their Indian name so I can incorporate a design and that will be incorporated on their dress, vest, shall, cedar hat with drum to all match with design. 

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