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Okotoks artist illustrates Indigenous children’s books –

by ahnationtalk on March 17, 202311 Views

Mar 17, 2023

Exchange of ideas and culture were essential for Kainai artist Alyssa Koski to render Swampy Cree and Haida Gwaii characters accurately.

An Okotoks artist has illustrated two stories of Indigenous culture.

Character illustrator and artist Alyssa Koski was approached by Heritage House Publishing to illustrate two books depicting less-represented Indigenous cultures.

“It’s amazing working with the authors because they have so much direct knowledge on the subject,” Koski said.

She has always sought out knowledge of First Nations, herself a member of the Kainai Nation through her grandmother Pauline Dempsey, who was born on the Blood Reserve to Senator James Gladstone and Janie Healy Gladstone.

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