Sarah Jim |
Sarah Jim is an emerging artist of mixed ancestry and is a member of the W̱SÁNEĆ nation from the Tseycum village. She has received a Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria and emulates her love of nature and native plant knowledge through her artwork. Environmental restoration work has been her main source of inspiration since 2018 when she started working in SṈIDȻEȽ; the first W̱SÁNEĆ village site. Working on the land has resulted in deep insights of how language, culture, traditional knowledge, and art are all intimately connected to the natural realm. Learning about the direct connection between culture and place has helped empower Sarah as a W̱SÁNEĆ person and a Coast Salish artist. Her curiosity, love, and admiration for the outdoors and native plants continues to propel her in a direction that helps heal the community, land, and herself through plant medicines, native foods, restoration work, and creating place-based artwork.You can see Sarah’s artwork on her website here.
Get outside and do some plant ID this winter! Join W̱SÁNEĆ artist Sarah Jim in finding native plants and learning some tips and tricks for identifying them. Sarah is a crew member at PEPÁḴEṈ HÁUTW̱, the native plant and garden nursery at the W̱SÁNEĆ Tribal School. Sarah walks us through some of her tips for identifying common plants in the region that you can find yourself!
Take a look through the videos below and be sure to watch the intro and outro videos! Sarah gives us some hints to find 7 plants: Salal, Snowberry, Oregon Grape, Sword Fern, Arbutus and Douglas Fir. Check out the video and photos for each plants to start you on your scavenger hunt. For those of us who are not Indigenous to these lands, please do not harvest without permission or relationships with the host nations.