My name is Tessa Sayers, founder of Soul Curiosity. I am an artist, designer, poet, holistic health devotee, trauma-informed yoga teacher, and lover of all things vintage. I grew up in Washington State on a llama farm. My curiosity about the world has introduced me to various cultures and communities that have led me to celebrate diversity, inclusiveness, vulnerability, and authenticity.
I am a certified Native artist with my tribe, the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa from North Dakota. My indigenous heritage encompasses three tribal communities, Chippewa, Cree and Metis. My creative path started with watercolors and woodland floral beadwork, then expanded into graphic design.
I have a B.A. in Sociology with a focus on Native American studies from Western Washington University. In 2004, I was the Co-director of the Native American Mentoring Program at WWU and spent time on the Lummi Reservation tutoring and mentoring youth. In 2005, I joined the Native American Teacher Training Program to obtain my M.Ed. in Educational Psychology at the University of Utah. From 2007-2010, I was a high school counselor at NAYA ECA, a Native American high school in Portland, Oregon. I then transitioned to the Nike World Headquarters at Nike N7, a brand within Nike that inspires and enables Native and Aboriginal youth to be physically active.
After meeting my husband in 2016, I moved back home and oversaw marketing and business development for Wenaha Group, a Native-owned construction management company. With an opportunity to support the local community, I joined Kitsap Regional Library as their marketing manager, overseeing nine branches that served 271,000 residents.
Currently, I am the director of marketing and program development for the National American Indian Business Leaders. In this role, I empower Indigenous youth business leaders with the experience necessary to lead tribal communities in economic development and entrepreneurship activities. In 2022, I became a recipient of the National Center for American Indian Economic Development’s 40 Under 40 Award and joined Women Who Rise as a founding board member.
My personal time is spent in the country with family, my husband, cat Boo, 6 chickens, and our two fur babies Tule and Rollo. I love a good sense of humor, dancing, music, and of course art. Soul Curiosity has been a long-time dream of mine and I feel very fortunate to share it with you. I oversee every aspect of Soul Curiosity; designing, project management, merchandising, photography, marketing, finance, sales, and branding. As the sole female boss lady, I pour my heart and soul into every detail. I hope my story, experience, and platform as an artist will inspire others to create an enriching, restorative, positive, and healthy lifestyle.
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