"I remember having a passion for it as a teenager," she said. "It was more of a spiritual change for me. I think Native American art is beautiful and I love collecting it, but it was more about the culture that drew me in."
Kirkconnell makes no secret about her spirituality. She said she quit her lucrative career in the cosmetics industry to spend a year doing community service--all because God told her to.
Kirkconnell has participated in flute circles, drum circles and has taught people of all ages how to sing traditional Native songs.
She liked the idea of opening her store in Brooksville because of the presence of so many descendants of tribes in the area.