Learn what inspired Natasha Peter to become a fashion designer representing first nations culture and Kaska Dena traditions.
When I create, it comes from the place of honouring those that have taught me what I know to be true.
The land heals us, nourishes us, inspires us; it is our home. To be inspired by the environment is to see the natural beauty it offers us and reflect its warmth, colours, and peace for us to appreciate once more.
When I create, it comes from the heart. A place of calmness, creativity, and love for my culture.
The strength and fighting spirit of my grandparents are what gives my work its unique beauty. As I sew, memories of those I love are stitched in every piece I make. When they wear the clothing I make, my customers feel the confidence, pride, and beauty my grandparents have taught. This is what makes my clothes so unique.
When I create, it is not only about me. It is also about providing a legacy that appreciates, and protects, the traditions that have defined me and my ancestors. In celebrating my culture, I can pass it down to future generations. When my customers wear my designs, they support me as an independent artist. This means providing for my daughter and myself.
"I want to make my daughter proud of our Kaska heritage and culture"
– Natasha Peter, Fashion Designer
About Kaska Dena
The Kaska ancestral lands span across parts of what is known today as the British Columbia, Yukon, and The North West Territories provinces in Canada.
Our people have lived, worked, played, and hunted on these lands long before recorded history. Kaska Dena have a shared history, passed down by our elders through stories, myths, and traditions that connect the five clans who occupied Kaska Land.
We say Dene Kʼéh Kusān, which translates to always will be there. We're proud to share our lands today with settlers and travellers who appreciate the forests, waters, and abundance of wildlife on our lands. But these lands will always be our home.
Fashion designer Natasha Peter is representing first nations culture and Kaska Dena traditions
How would you describe your design aesthetic and the overall vision behind your eponymous label?
Indigenous Kaska Luxurious handmade jewelry and clothing & apparel clothing. A mixture of contemporary and traditional designs