Rhoda Merkel2020/2021 Shakaat Artist-in-Residence
Rhoda is a Wolf Clan member of the Tahltan Nation. She was born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon. Her love for creating has been a lifelong passion inherited from her mother, grandmother, and from the many ladies who were associated with Yukon Native Products.
As a First Nation artist she beads and sews First Nation regalia, tells First Nation stories, paints, and writes. She applies her expertise to developing First Nation art-based curriculum, workshops, programs, and to coordinating the Arts in Education. Yukon – YG. (The program hires artists to assist teachers with ways to use the arts to deliver core curricular requirements)
She instructs Introduction to Arts in Education at Yukon College.
Rhoda is a passionate promoter of art, specifically First Nation art, culture and artists. Her studio is in Atlin, B.C.