Biography for Louise Profeit-LeBlanc -”Tse Duna”
Louise is an internationally renown, traditional Storyteller/ textile artist, from the Nacho Nyak Dun First Nation of Mayo, in northeast Yukon. For well over 35 years she has been committed to the cultural and artistic heritage of Yukon First Nations people. She was employed by the Heritage Branch of the Yukon Government, during which time, she one of the original members of the Yukon International Storytelling Festival and the Society of Yukon Artists of Native Ancestry. Louise was also the Aboriginal Arts Coordinator for the Canada Council for the Arts for 11 years. As a storyteller, Louise has traveled internationally and across Canada and the USA. Her association with Yukon Elders resulted in her role as a “Story Keeper,” a responsibility and honor not taken lightly, as she remembers the words of her mentor, Tagish Elder, Angela Sidney: “Live your life like a story!”; a practice she attempts to uphold everyday. Her textile practice derives from traditional art practices and incorporates recycled and natural materials. Over the last six years, she has created two “funeral blankets” and more recently a “reconciliation blanket”. “Art is a everyday process and lives within us” .