Tsawaysia Spukwus


TSAWAYSIA SPUKWUS (ALICE GUSS) was born and raised in Squamish, BC.  She is mother to three children, grandma of two girls. Tsawaysia has over twenty years experience in education; including five years on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. She is a Cultural Ambassador, Knowledge Keeper, and Facilitator of various mediums including; drum making, wool and cedar weaving, traditional medicine and plant walks. Tsawaysia is masterful at bringing innovative learning opportunities to all people through workshops, drumming, singing, storytelling and getting people dancing. She has made drums for; the Vancouver Canucks and Whitecaps, and several Olympic games (in Beijing and Tokyo her drums represented the heartbeat of Canada).  She has run drum making workshops in Hawaii, Chicago and New York. She now holds a part time position with Museum of North Vancouver as an Indigenous Cultural Programmer.