HollyAnna CougarTracks Littlebull speaks and teaches Sahaptin thanks to family who helped share their pride in the ways of seeing and being that the language provides. Native to the Yakama Nation, HollyAnna is a courageous teacher, patient advocate, firefighter, saddle maker, and artist who brings her creativity and experience into the classroom and community. Author of the first Sahaptin language animated novel, HollyAnna has helped to preserve significant component of the culture and geography of the Pacific Northwest. In this compelling talk on her experiences with gratitude, and as a cancer survivor, she shares how her artistic delight of color can help others experience the same gratitude in the face of the challenges of their lives.
HollyAnna CougarTracks Littlebull, Yakama Tribal member and Sahaptin instructor for the White Swan School District. HollyAnna's family heritage also includes Nez Perce, Cayuse, Umatilla, Grand Ronde, and Cree. Through experience and connection with her elders HollyAnna sustains language, traditional saddle art and beadwork, and a way of seeing born from the understanding of how our thoughts and our words create our world. In this manner, her art, her stories and her teaching are delightful reminders of the authentic creativity inherent within us all.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx