Natalie Sappier-Samaqani Cocahq grew up in Tobique First Nation, New Brunswick. She began as a visual artist, inspired by ceremonial teachings, language and surroundings. The roots of her painting and designs came from the traditional motifs that she would see on regalia and birch bark etching as a child. Painting to her was way of waking up sleeping teachings of her Wolastoq People that she felt needed to be remembered. But now she feels that the stories need be louder than her painting can speak. Natalie is currently an artist in residence at Theatre New Brunswick working on her first play “Finding Wolastoq Voice” which will also include original music created by the artist and will feature in their next season of 2017-2018.