Mason Mashon photo
Meghann O'Brien is a Northwest Coast weaver working in the traditions of basketry, Yeil Koowu (Raven's Tail) and Naaxiin (Chilkat) textiles. She is descended from the Kwakwaka'wakw village of Weḵaʼyi Tʼsakwaʼlutan (Cape Mudge), the village of Kiusta, Haida Gwaii, and Dublin, Ireland. Her name in the Kwakwala language is Kwaxhi'laga-"Smoke Coming Out of the Top of the Big House, Welcoming People to Feast and Potlatch". In the Haida language she carries the name of her maternal great grandmother Ruby Simeon: Jaad Kuujus-"Deer Woman". Meghann has apprenticed under master weavers and traditional teachers Kerri Dick, Sherri Dick, and William White. Her artistic process is one of devotion to the highest expression of the art form, preferring to allow the weaving to find it's own place in the world once completed. Her work is distributed between public and private galleries, museums, collectors, family, chiefs, dancers, and ceremonial people. She travels globally to lecture and demonstrate.