Artist bio

Shendaehwas, Artisan Jeweler (Huron-wendat)  - Nathalie Picard, Musician & Composer

I started to make fine silver jewelry after moving to USA. Being thousands of miles away from my tribal community, unable to attend to longhouse ceremonies or teach our ancestral language on the res, I needed to find a way to express myself as a Wendat woman and the connection to my ancestor's tradition alive today, so I decided to explore ways of sharing my tribal culture through my jewelry making. I find my inspiration to create my artisan original pieces from our Huron-wendat and Iroquoian traditional designs, patterns and traditional stories, and the beautiful nature that surrounds me.

Also, as a social but a shy person, I found it a bit difficult at first to move in a small town where nobody speaks French, where there is no latin jazz musicians and where the biggest town is about a 2 hours foggy drive away.  I discovered that jewelry making allows me to work from home, on my own schedule, and puts me in a meditative mode where I lose track of time. This has helped me with my transition from my very social life and my many activities in Canada to my quiet new immigrant 's life in an english speaking place and remote natural surrounding of a little coastal paradise...

I, of course, continue travel regularly to Canada and Europe to do my flute gigs. I also work on composing & recording new music and started to write original songs in Huron-wendat language. Our tribal language was dormant for more that 100 years and we had no fluent speakers. I was part of the language revitalization team and teachers for many years. You can listen to one of my songs on my blog page and download the sound file from my store. This is my own way to contribute in teaching and keeping our ancestral language alive...

ARTIST BIO:

 

Nathalie Picard or Shendaehwas, is a member of the Turttle Clan of the Huron-Wendat tribe in Wendake, Quebec, Canada. Graduated flautist from Quebec City Music Conservatory, and from the Jazz & pop music interpretation at University of Montreal in Canada, she studied in Havana, Cuba with master flute player the Late Richard Ëgues from Orquesta Aragón and at Florida International University with Nestor Torrès. She also plays the Native American Indian Flute and performs in solo, in duet with Chippewa flute maker Dennis dg Hatch, and with different groups like the Nouvelle-France Ensemble Terra Nova, etc. 

 

She loves to work with children and gives interactive storytelling and music workshops in schools. She is also involved in the revitalisation and teaching of her tribal language.

 

She moved to Oregon in 2012 and was selected in the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) Artist Leadership Program in 2014. Her short film "Ikwäas, we sing, nous chantons " about this project is available on the NMAI's website and on Youtube.  

 

Over the last 30 years, she has performed and presented Canadian First Nations' music & culture in Canada, Europe (France, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Italy) and USA: Ottawa's National Arts Center Symphonic Orchestra tour, Canada Day Concert in Ottawa, Vancouver International Storytelling Festival, Montreal International Jazz festival, American Indian Music festival at Casa Grande Ruins in Arizona, for the Prince of Wales, etc. She also recorded for films ( The legend of Sarila, Le Survenant, IMAX on Ernest Hemmingway, TAM on APTN TV ) and with various musicians like the latin jazz band: Yoël Diaz Cuban Jazz Session on CD " Encuentros", etc.

 

Her own original CD of Native Flute compositions "Listening through the Wind" is available on CDbaby and iTunes, lin to CD of my original music, Listening through the wind, on iTune:

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/listening-through-the-wind/id593070938

National Museum of the American Indian's 2014 Artist leadership program, see my short movie of this projet on iroquoian music on my blog page or  the web at  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9E57Olh_3zM&feature=youtu.be

 

dg Hatch, Native Flute Maker, Sculptor (Chippewa, Tribe of Sault-Ste-Marie, MI )

Dennis ‘dg’ Hatch is a Native Artist from the Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa (Anishinaabeg)Tribe of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, flute Maker, Sculptor and Information Technology professional.  A woodworker for over 30 years, he has been passionate about making the Native American Flute for over 20 years.  He currently lives on the Central Coast of Oregon.   His flute company is named, ‘Native Flute’, although many people refer to his flutes simply as “dgHatch Flutes” due to how he signs them. 

 

In the fabrication of his Woodland flutes he carves on wood, antler, mammoth and stone.  He primarily builds flutes using his solid bore method.  And his unique flute designs may include inlays, end-caps, and a variety of materials for style, functionality and tonal quality. 

 

“It's all about the sound”, he says, and finds it interesting that a seemingly simple instrument like the Native flute, has so many material and design factors that affect the ultimate sound quality and performance.  So unique are the individual Flute Makers that he compares their flutes not to their signature, but their fingerprint.

 

One of the great things about the Native flute, is the pentatonic scale, which means all the notes are arranged to sound good together.  It is his sincere belief, that through the Native Flute, each individual can go to that peaceful place where they can create wonderful things in their lives.

www.dghatchflutes.com