“My clothing embodies a philosophy that is best described in a Haida word: YAANGUDANG, which means having self respect for one’s self and others.”
I am a fashion designer and traditional Haida artist. For over 30 years, my Haida identity has been my foundation as a contemporary fashion designer. In 1986, I became the first to merge Haida art and fashion
I believe my clothing embodies a philosophy that is best described in a Haida word: YAANGUDANG, which means having “self respect for one’s self and others”; this is the driving force behind my work. For me it is about empowerment, pride and feeling good about oneself.
I believe my ability to maintain a quality line of clothing for 30 years, and remain true to my artistic ability has been one of my best achievements. I believe I’ve also helped in influencing in a positive manner many younger emerging fashion designers of native ancestry throughout Canada, The United States and New Zealand.
Dorothy Grant is a Haida fashion designer living in Tsawwassen, BC.