Heritage — Coast Salish
Cheryl (White Eagle) Williams lives on the Mission reservation in North Vancouver, British Columbia. Cheryl is a member of the Squamish tribe of the Coast Salish Nation.
Cheryl likes to work with beads, preferring to incorporate antique beads made in the 1800’s. As well as sweet grass basketry, Cheryl also makes jewellery, purses, and belts.
When Cheryl is not working on beading, she is producing wall hangings made from deer hide, feathers and bone. This is a contemporary native art form and many of these hangings are in the hands of collectors. One of Cheryl’s wall hangings was purchased by the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.
Cheryl’s husband, Frank White Eagle, taught her how to bead along with other native women on the Mission reservation. Cheryl is now teaching her daughters how to bead.