By Oakleaves Native Creations
Nancy Oakley is a First Nations artist of Mi’kmaq and Wampanoag descent. She was raised in Massachusetts and decided to move to her mother’s reserve in Eskasoni First Nation to better understand her heritage. Oakley has had her own craft business for the last 20 years, focusing on pottery and beadwork. Her pottery is stone-polished and smoke-fired and often incorporates sweetgrass used for purification in First Nation cultures.