Natasha Smoke Santiago
Natasha Smoke Santiago is a turtle clan woman of the Haudenosaunee or People of the Longhouse otherwise known as The Iroquois. She resides within the territory of Akwesasne. Natasha has been an artist for as long as she can remember. She works in many mediums, favoring Acrylics and Oil Pastels and often includes cloth, beadwork and other materials into her paintings. She also works with clay doing pottery and sculpture. Natasha is heavily influenced by her Haudenosaunee heritage, history and teachings. She also draws upon the experiences of her life as inspiration for her works. Much of her work tells a tale, or has a story behind it, thus she calls her web site "The Storyteller's House". Often times Natasha's work is seemingly drawn from another realm, her hand and mind guided by an external force, a phenomenon she has dubbed "a spark". Her best work stems from these "sparks". Natasha currently resides within the Mohawk Nation territory of Akwesasne, along with her husband and two children.