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Laura Fraser

Laura Fraser started weaving at the tender age of eight.  Her mother comes from Tla-O-Qui-Aht and Ahousaht First Nations, and her father came from Scotland.  She was taught to weave by her grandmother, Carrie Mickey, in Port Alberni, B.C.  Laura expresses her creativity using many mediums such as bead work, leather work, metal, cedar bark, bear grass, wood carving, fabric, and poetry.  She has made traditional regalia such as hats, shawls, and head bands.  She has also taught and encouraged others to learn how to make traditional regalia.  Laura completed a BA major in Art History at the University of Victoria.  Laura has now returned to the Tyhistanis reserve at Long Beach where she lives with her husband, wood carver Ike Charlie, and their two children, and to be closer to her people and culture.