Sacred Feminine: Indigenous art colouring book celebrates the power of women
With the popularity of adult colouring books still on the rise Traverse decided to create one that focused on the power and beauty of Indigenous woman.
"The book is dedicated to my granddaughter, my daughters, the families of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls in care and women in corrections," Traverse explained. "I'm all of these things and I turned my life around 17 years ago, so I want the book to be inspirational to women and girls who are still struggling."
Traverse grew up in foster care after her mother died at an early age and colouring with her mom is one of the few memories Traverse still has. After her death Traverse turned inward and used art as a way to shield herself from the world around her. "Art is therapeutic, as a child it saved me," she said.
Traverse hopes to make Sacred Feminine available in any place across Canada that has Indigenous women and girls in care. She hopes the images empower women and help them see the strength they come from.
"All women are sacred. You are beautiful," Traverse said. "You come from a long history of beautiful, rich cultural people."