KáaSháyee

Creating Connections: Art, Community, Heritage

Káa Sháyee, a Tlingit artist, believes that community projects and shared stories contribute to understanding, unity, and respect. This site extends an invitation to explore art and tradition, offering inspiration, education, and healing. It aims to enrich lives and communities by bridging the gap between art and tradition. Here, you’ll find insights into Káa Sháyee’s background, his perspectives on Tlingit culture and art, his art projects, and his involvement in the community. Thank you for supporting Káa Sháyee’s work—your interest and presence are deeply valued.

Káa Sháyee in the community


WWU Native American Heritage Month

Káa Sháyee has been commissioned to create the graphics for WWU’s Native American Heritage Month (NAHM). Additional details coming soon. In the meantime check it out here.


Indigeversal Collective Mural

August 2023, Káa Sháyee and six other Indigenous artists painted a 150′ wide mural near the Bellingham waterfront. Click here to read about the collaboration mural.


Ancestral Spirits Mural

Káa Sháyee completed this 600-square-foot mural in downtown Ferndale. Click to read more about this project.


Leaders in Native Education Convening

Káa Sháyee was selected to create the logo for 2023 Leaders in Native Education Convening (LNEC). Click to read about this project.


Bill Holm Center 2023

Káa Sháyee returned to the Bill Holm Center at the Burke Museum in May 2023. His research included Tlingit Formline decorated objects, ranging from precontact through early 20th century. The research will assist in creating Formline training resources coming late 2023.


NWIC Foundation 12th Annual Tl’aneq Fundraiser

The Intersection of Tradition and Progress: Learn about Káa Sháyee’s Contribution at the 2022 Tl’aneq’ Gathering


Bill Holm Center 2022

Káa Sháyee was selected as a recipient of the Connections to Culture Visiting Researcher Grant from the Bill Holm Center for the Study of Northwest Native Art at the Burke Museum in 2022. The research focused on the museum’s collection of Tlingit paddles. Click to read more about the research.


Ferndale Traffic Box Wrap

Urban Canvases Celebrate Cultural Heritage: Discover Káa Sháyee’s Role in the Ferndale Utility Box Art Initiative.


Art projects – Commissions & Sales


Artwork Details

Descriptions of artwork created by Káa Sháyee. Click here to read about them.


Upcoming Events

Káa Sháyee does not have any events scheduled at this time.


Learn with Káa Sháyee


Paddle Carving Resources

Káa Sháyee is working on creating resources for other artists for Tlingit paddle carving. Coming mid-2024.


Formline Art Resources

Káa Sháyee is working on creating resources for learning and advancing Formline art. Coming early 2024.


Crest for the Clanless

As a clanless Tlingit, Káa Sháyee has spent much time exploring the impact of not being part of a clan. In response, the Questioning Eye crest was developed. Resources for other clanless Natives is being developed and will be added early 2024.