Cedar Taatawasi

Cedar Étoile, Cedar Etoile
Indigenous/First Nation Association(s): 
Tlaahaqsak Creative

Cedar Étoile - Taatawasi is an Indigenous Storyteller and Steward based on Vancouver Island. They take pride in being Kwakwaka'wakw, Nuu-chah-nulth, and Métis. Cedar was raised with Indigenous values; language, culture, and traditions. They hold these values closely and respectfully shares them through modern technology. Their primary trades are photography, branding, and advertisement.

Over the years, Cedar has expressed interest in traditional arts; carving, painting, and weaving. Cedar’s father is artist Cecil Dawson, and they have apprenticed under him for many years. He has been teaching them how to design and carve in both Kwakwaka'wakw and Nuu-chah-nulth styles. The biggest project they have worked on together is a totem pole with master carver Tim Paul; which was donated to the Tsilhqot'in First Nation at Fish Lake to protect from a prosperity mine. Currently a Language Revitalization Totem Pole for the UN's Year of Indigenous Languages.

In recent years, Cedar has been involved in tourism. It started with exploring the valley and taking photos. They then worked with the City of Port Alberni’s social media project ‘The Heart of Vancouver Island’ as content creator and events manager - coordinator. Now they are a Guardian on the West Coast Trail for Ditidaht First Nation. Cedar graduated from Vancouver Island University with a certificate in Adventure and Recreation Tourism. All these experiences has help Cedar as an individual, entrepreneur, and with her own project The Greater Connection.

Cedar is also heavily involved with the music community. They started out as a venue photographer, event promoter, and tour manager. They are currently a freelance live music and tour photographer with recent works of No Liars, Maverick Cinema, and Snotty Nose Rez Kids.

Location: 
Port Alberni , British Columbia
Canada
49° 14' 1.9968" N, 124° 48' 19.9764" W
British Columbia CA