Chexw min wa halth?  (How are you doing?)  My ancestral name is Tsawaysia Spukwus.  Halth skwile te-staas!  It’s a beautiful day, today!  I’d like to thank the Creator for this beautiful day!  I’d like to thank the Creator for giving me the Power… giving me the Power to Create my own Day!

Tsawaysia Spukwus

whose English name is known as Alice (nee Harry) Guss, is a Squamish Nation member.

My late father, ‘Ernie Harry’, Pekultn was a Hereditary Chief from the Seymour Creek area of the lower mainland of British Columbia.  My family is strong, committed and active in the preservation of our Culture and Heritage.

My mom, ‘Gwen Harry’ and late Father ‘Ernie Harry’ are Squamish Nation members who has nurtured and guided their family of seven children, including Alice (Harry) Guss to participate in all aspects of First Nations culture, language, community, governance, education, traditional art forms, healing, recreation, singing, drumming, dancing and storytelling.

With over 20 years working with First Nation’s communities as a Director of Education and 15 years delivering Sacred Drum making workshops, Tsawaysia is masterful at bringing innovative learning opportunities to all people through workshops, drumming, singing, dancing and storytelling.  She is a participant in healing Tribal Journeys and more recently co-produced a number of documentaries including Squamish Nation: Stories from the Heart, Tribal Journeys,  During the 2010 Olympics she coordinated her Family’s Sea Going Canoe Pekultn display, in honour of her late father Ernie Harry (Pekultn).

Tsawaysia did:

  • a Drum Making Workshop in Oahu in January 2012
  • “Teachings of making a drum” via Poster Series Presentation  @ ICE (Educational Conference), in Chicago, Illinois at  http://www.chicagoice.org/
  • went into many schools and communities in the Lower Mainland to teach the children – mini drums, cedar bark book markers, wool weave wristbands along with drumming, singing, storytelling and getting them to participate and dance.
  • I can go to your office, community, school, campground, company retreat, open and closing ceremonies, corporate and team retreats, etc

You can make:
1. Wool Weaving Workshop (make a headband) for $25.00
2. make a 14 inch drum with complimentary drum stick for $150.00
3. make a cedar bark headband or basket for $30.00
4. make 3-inch drum with complimentary drum stick for $15 a kit
5. make a 6-inch drum with complimentary drum stick for $30 a kit

6.  make a cedar bark bookmarker for $4.00 a kit

7.  make a wool weave bookmarker for $4.00 a kit

8.  make a wool weave wrist band for $4.00 a kit

9..  Plus honorarium and gas




  1. Hey keep up the good work there my wee sister.
    Thanks for the link.

  2. love your website supa kewl 🙂

  3. Seems like u know a great deal pertaining to this particular topic and
    that demonstrates throughout this amazing article, labeled “Tsawaysia Spukwus”.
    Thank you ,Rogelio

    • Your Welcome and thank you for your kind words, Rogelio! 🙂

  4. Hi, I am very interested in learning how to make a Cedar hat. It would be great to create other items using cedar as well. You have some interesting workshops. Would be great to learn from all your workshops.
    When would your next workshop for Cedar weaving be and where?. I live in North Vancouver, I have a friend that lives out in Surrey that is interested as well.
    Good wishes to you. Frank 🙂

  5. You Are AWESOME, CUZ!

  6. I live in Squamish and would love to weave myself a head band. I am interested in the next workshop for headband weaving.
    Thank you
    Mrs. Lynne Rainforth

    • Awesome! Will let you know when my next workshop is!

    • Would you be interested in going to Squamish Lilwat Cultural Centre on Sept. 13, 2015… My next workshop is up there, not unless you want to make one at my house, here in Squamish or I can go to your house…

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