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Lucy Ann Yakeleya
Lucy Ann Yakeleya works as an Interpreter/Translator and occasionally as a Culture and Language Instructor. Lucy Ann was born in Fort Good Hope, Northwest Territories. She was raised speaking her language and learning the ways of her people. Her mother, Mary Barnaby and her sisters taught Lucy Ann beadwork and embroidery. Her work is a testament to their instruction and personal talent. Like her sister, Judy Lafferty, she is highly skilled and uses tiny beads and combinations of beads and embroidery to give her work a distinctive style. Lucy Ann is inspired by the way culture and tradition can lead to something new and is committed to learning as much as she can about her people’s traditional skills. Since 1999 this has included a workshop with Sarah Hardisty in Fort Simpson to re-introduce porcupine quillwork, and along with women from neighbouring communities, learned the art of netted bags.