Jaimie Davis was born in 1983 and grew up in the small community of Gitlaxt’aamiks, BC (formerly New Aiyansh). She comes from the Gitxsan and Nisga’a Nations, belonging to the laxskiik (eagle) clan, house of Sakhum Hiigookh. Her Gitxsan name is ‘Xpiyee’, which translates to, ‘in front of the village walking, cawing like the crow’.
Jaimie has always had a strong passion for art since a child, creating anything and everything she could with whatever mediums she had. She is also a cedar bark weaver of 14 years, learning under master weaver Victoria Moody of Haida Gwaii. She recently completed her first year learning how to design and carve traditional First Nations art at the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast art in 2017 learning under Stan Bevan, Ken McNeil, and Dean Heron.
She was the Artist in Residence at the Anhluut’ukwsim Laxmihl Angwinga’asanskwhl Nisga’a (a.k.a. Nisga’a Memorial Lava Bed Park) in 2014 and 2015. It was then that she had discovered her true self as an artist and upon stepping on this path, led her to the beginning of decolonizing her mind. As a Gitxsan/Nisga’a woman, her culture means everything to her. She devotes her time in teaching her 5 year old son everything she knows about her language and culture.
“I am inspired by my ancestors. Art is the universal language and the language of our ancestors. The more I create, the more I hear them speak, the more I find my own voice as an Indigenous woman. I create art to keep this part of my culture alive and to share with the world of who we are. The art is our language, and if we lose our language, we lose our identity. Gabeet!”
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101-1669 West 3rd Ave.
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