My name is Tessa Sayers, founder and owner of Soul Curiosity. I am an artist, designer, poet, holistic health devotee, history enthusiast and lover of all things vintage. I grew up in Washington State on a small llama farm. My curiosity about the world has introduced me to various cultures and communities that have led me down a path of celebrating inclusiveness, vulnerability and authenticity.
I’m blessed with a rich mixed cultural background from my mother and father. As an artist, my Native heritage, Ojibwe, Cree, Metis, has become the foundation for my creative work and connection to the Medicine Wheel. I am a certified Native artist with my tribe, the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa from North Dakota. My woodland beadwork is featured in the permanent collection at the Portland Art Museum. I hope my story, experience and platform as an artist will inspire others to create a lifestyle that is enriching, restorative, positive and healthy.
I have a B.A. in Sociology with a focus in Native American studies from Western Washington University. In 2004, I was the Co-Director of the Native American Mentoring Program at WWU and spent a lot of time on the Lummi Reservation tutoring and mentoring youth. In 2005, I was awarded a full scholarship through 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. In late 2016, I moved back to Washington State to live closer to family and my then boyfriend Jeremy.
Currently, I am the Director of Business Development and Marketing for Wenaha Group, a Native owned construction management and owner's representative firm. My evenings are spent in the country with my husband (yes we got married September 23rd, 2017!) 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 hope it motivates you, as it continues to heal and guide me. Together let's commit to the continued work of positive self-expansion.
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