Teresa Vander Meer-Chassé (b. 1992) is a proud member of the White River First Nation of Beaver Creek, Yukon and Alaska. Teresa is an independent curator, consultant, and visual artist. Her beadwork is inspired by the strong women in her life, her mother, aunts, and grandmothers and the support of the caring men in her life, her father, uncles, cousins, and grandfathers. Teresa is mostly a self-taught artist however her Grandma Marilyn John, an Upper Tanana Elder and residential school Survivor, encouraged her to start by providing her with supplies, examples, and templates. Knowing the importance of cultural revitalization Teresa’s Grandmother encouraged her to bead and sew.
Apart from Teresa’s ongoing art career, she is a full-time independent curator focusing on exhibitions relating to Indigenous arts and cultures. She also enjoys short-term consultation work for individuals and organizations, that respect Indigenous rights, who want Indigenous content. She believes that any relationship built on trust can become successful. Through her Indigenous ways of knowing and understanding of the world, she builds meaningful relationships with her clients and customers that is mutually beneficial with open communication and dialogue.