Smhayetsk Teresa Ryan

  • Tsm'syen
  • Basketry

My weaving is centered on Tsm’syen tradition that I have been blessed to learn from my mother Loa Ryan. Together we gather cedar bark and other materials from the forests making sure to follow the guidance of our ancestors through our culture. I am also a photographer, taking it up back in the days of 35mm film; I was able to balance my academic science labs with some dark room creativity. I am presently a Researcher at UBC Forest and Conservation Sciences in the Salmon Forest Project and the Mother Tree Project. These projects demonstrate the connections of forests and people and how we can better understand how forests work as part of Complex Adaptive Systems.

Sample of Work

Traditional Tsm'syen (Tsimshian) Diagonal Plaited Diamond Design Gathering Basket

Traditional Tsm'syen (Tsimshian) Diagonal Plaited Diamond Design Gathering Basket

8 inches height x 6.5 inches diameter x 6 inches wide (base 6 in. x 6in.)

Basketry

Tsm'syen In-between

Tsm'syen In-between

3 inches height x 3 inches diameter x 3 inches wide

Basketry

Small Red Cedar Bent-bark gathering basket

Small Red Cedar Bent-bark gathering basket

6.5” height x 4” width x 3” depth

Basketry