Bella Coola, Danika Nacarrella - Episode 12: Skindigenous Series (Season 3)
Catalogue Number: 310066
Producer: Nish Media
Producing Agencies: Nish Media
Subject: Arts, Canadian History, Canadian Social Studies, Canadian World Studies, Documentary, Family Studies/Home Economics, First Nations Studies, History, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Religious Studies, Social Sciences
Grade Level: 9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2020
Running Time: 23:00
Danika Naccarella is a Northwest Coast artist descending from Nuxalk & Gwa’sala-Nakwaxda’xa ancestry from her mother and father’s side. She first began her art practice in the 7th grade when she moved to her mother’s home community of Bella Coola in 2009. While attending Acwsalcta School for her high school years she had the opportunity to create and learn Nuxalk art, culture and language. Danika enjoyed painting with acrylic mediums and continued to dedicate her spare time to painting Nuxalk designs drawn by her art teachers. Eventually, her Nuxalk art teachers encouraged her to start learning how to create her own designs. That began her studies of Northwest Coast art forms, from books to museum research.
When the time came to pursue post-secondary education, Danika enrolled in the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art, at Northwest Community College (now Coast Mountain College) in Terrace, BC. In the summer of 2017 Danika was accepted into the Earthline Tattoo Training Residency. Danika learned traditional hand poke and skin stitch tattooing. Culture is very strong in the Bella Coola valley where the Nuxalk nation strives to teach and revive traditional ways of life. Danika is now reviving traditional tattooing in the Nuxalk community and ensuring that the culture is being translated in a healthy way to bring strength to Indigenous identity.