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Qwaya Sam is from the Ahousaht First Nation, he is an accomplished artist working in all disciplines of traditional art, a mask carver, drum maker. Qwaya has also carved a totem pole for Vancouver Island University 2015. He currently works in schools sharing art and culture. The past 7 years Qwaya started making jewelry, he works with copper, silver & gold.
He now is collaborating with his daughter Jazmine Charleson in launching House Of Qwayaciiq an apparel and accessories business. A student of life and culture has paved the way to years of learning the teachings of their ancestors. Qwaya Sam’s art is an expression of life and culture deeply intertwined with nature.
Jazmine Charleson is from Hešquiaht and Ahousaht First Nation. She is a mother to 2 children, Julien and Awatin. Her and her spouse Byron raise their children in Klahoose First Nation where her partner is from. She has over come many significant challenges of domestic abuse, loss of her child, overcoming stage 3 ovarian and cervical cancer. All of these events prompted healing through arts, culture and language.
Jazmine, the daughter of Qwaya Sam has been learning arts and culture diligently from her father. During her learning she has become very passionate of being a Nuu-Chah-Nuthl artist. Her and her father Qwaya have brought their passions together and decided it was time to launch House Of Qwayaciiq. This has been Jazmine’s dream to co-own an apparel and accessories business with her father. Her passion for art and creativity started as a very young child as she witnessed both her mother and father create cultural art in many forms of regalia, wood carvings, and cedar weaving.
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