Shirly is currently serving as a member of the Vermont Commission for Native American Affairs. Having grown with up two strong role models, her mother and grandmother, Shirly started sewing at a very young age.
As an adult, she started making rattles, leather pouches, jewelry and "something out of nothing." She taught herself how to make traditional rattles, made with rawhide and whatever type of wood or branches are available. She has been marketing her art for more than 40 years.
I am a self-taught artist, learning my skills from my mother and grandmother. I have been producing and selling my art for about 40 years. I prefer using natural or recycled materials in my work.