Andrea Cook grew up in Hydaburg, a Haida village in Southeast Alaska. Her Haida name, Ts’aak Ka Juu, which translates to Singing Eagle, was gifted to her by her nana (grandmother), Alma Cook. Andrea is grateful to have grown up and lived in Hydaburg saying, "I am fortunate to have lived a life where I've experienced the freedom of the sandbar as my backyard. To have breathed the crisp salty air of rolling tides, the plentiful summertime berries that stained my fingers with every pick, and the taste of wild salmon that swam vigorously towards a destination it never reached. The village borders the ocean and is surrounded by dense green forests, full of mosses and cedar trees."
Andrea graduated from Mt. Edgecumbe High School, where she was introduced to Alaska’s diverse indigenous cultures, "a challenging and rewarding experience that I still reflect on today." In fall 2018 she began attending University of Alaska Southeast Juneau Campus. Andrea is currently working towards my Associate of Arts Degree and an Occupational Endorsement in NWC Art focus in Carving. It is her aspiration to become a carver one day. "As I come from a long line of carvers," she says, "my interest is continuing my family’s line of artistry."
You can contact Andrea at [email protected].