The Resiliency Project is made possible by the Resiliency Blanket, designed by Native artist and owner of Soul Curiosity, Tessa Sayers. Her desire to give back to her indigenous community inspired the Resiliency Project, a partnership with the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and Dr. Tami Jollie-Trottier, owner of GenerationArt. Believing in the power of art and its ability to help heal, 100% of the blanket profits support GenerationArt workshops meant to empower courage and resilience within the Turtle Mountain tribal community. The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa matches the total funds raised. Since November 2019, the blanket has raised over $26,000.
October 16-18, 2020, Soul Curiosity, in partnership with GenArt, Seven Stone Center For Behavioral Health & Healing and Beyond Buckskin, hosted a free virtual art workshop with Turtle Mountain Native youth ages 15-21.
This three-day virtual healing and creative workshop guided youth in how to:
- Become more resilient
- Use art in resiliency healing
- Connect with culture in resiliency healing
- Find present thoughts and feelings
- Choose desired thoughts and feelings
- Identify a personal power word
- Design and make a resiliency blanket
- Write a resiliency story that is motivating and empowering
Youth left the workshop with their own blanket that was infused with inspiration to help guide a more balanced, confident, and resilient self.
This workshop was made possible by the generous supporters of the Resiliency Blanket. All profits from the sale of this blanket were donated and matched by the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. The collaboration between Tessa Sayers, Dr. Tami Jollie Trottier, Jessica Metcalfe, and Jona Peltier was a true uniting of indigenous women who wanted to give back and empower youth to heal and find their voice.